The Alabama Department of Transportation is hiring a consultant to fine-tune proposed routes for three scenic byways in Butler and Barbour counties and along the Appalachian ridge.
An 80-mile trail called the Appalachian Highlands Scenic Byway, which runs from Interstate 59 near Fort Payne to I-20 near Heflin. The Legislature designated the route a scenic byway in 2000. It meanders along Little River Canyon, Weiss Lake, the Talladega Scenic Byway and Cheaha State Park. It goes from the deepest canyon east of the Mississippi River to the highest point in Alabama.
The Governors Trail is 55 miles long through Barbour County from Clio to Eufaula. Six of the state's governors are from the county: John Gill Shorter, William Dorsey Jelks, Braxton Bragg Comer, Chauncey Sparks, George C. Wallace and Lurleen Burns Wallace.
The Cambrian Ridge Scenic Byway is 16 miles in Butler County beginning at I-65 in Greenville and going west on Manningham Road (Butler County 42) and along the Ridge Road (Butler County 54) to Butler County 11.
The road runs along the southernmost point of the Cambrian Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and by a 200-year-old Constitution white oak tree. The Ridge Road includes structures built by county pioneers, but the route was selected because of its unusual geological features, Watts said.
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