Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoy almost 11 miles of new paths on Southern’s Biology Trail. Located behind Southern’s campus, the Biology Trail is a system of trails with varying difficulty levels that lead from the bottom of the valley to an overlook of the university. Recently, erosion has lowered the quality of the trails, inspiring community members to partner with the Biology Department to fix the problem.
A volunteer organization called The Friends of White Oak Mountain was formed to help with the project. They raised more than $25,000 to build new paths and install new signage. Special machinery was used to help the trails shed water and prevent further erosion.
Jim Johnson, founder of Friends of White Oak Mountain, is pleased with the project’s results.
“This trail system is now probably better than any other in Chattanooga,” says Johnson. “Their layout is better and they handle water better.”