Surveying and Environmental check to begin for possible Houston County nature trail


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After nine months of work, the Houston County Commission has been approved to survey and do an environmental study on a parcel of land they want to turn into a nature trail.

The trail would run from the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine to Cowarts town hall.

“Today we are at the part where we’ve identified the parcels of land,” Houston County Commissioner Brandon Shoupe said. “So we’ve got the landowners permission to get on the property and to make sure that is going to be a suitable path.”

If the environmental study is successful, the next step will be to apply for federal grants to help cover the costs for the trail construction.

Once the trail is finished from ACOM to Cowarts town hall, they will look at continuing the trail to Ashford.

“At some point we will pick up where we leave off here at Cowarts and we will go from Cowarts to Ashford. So at some point hopefully in the not so distant future. This will be a trail from downtown Dothan all the way to Ashford,” Shoupe said.

This trail will allow people to bike, walk, and run through Houston County while also experiencing nature.

“It is a way to make a permanent reinvestment in to Houston County to raise the quality of life,” Shoupe said.

The long term vision is to build multiple nature trails in Houston County that will connect all the communities together.

“Hopefully, we will be able connect Columbia, Ashford, Cowarts, Dothan, Rehobeth, Wicksburg and Cottonwood, all the small towns and communities in Houston County with a contiguous trail system,” Shoupe said.

Commissioner Shoupe adds that this trail will be a way for people to experience nature here in Houston County.

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