As part of the Katy Trail, Columbia's MKT Trail also becomes a part of the new American Discovery Trail. It joins other trails in a network to make the nation's first coast-to-coast non-motorized trail.
The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is a new breed of national trail - part city, part small town, part forest, part mountains, part desert - all in one trail. It's 6,300+ miles of adventure, discovery and fun, stretching from Delaware to California. It reaches across American, linking community to community. The ADT was designated a National Millennium Trail by the White House Millennium Trail Council. The ADT provides trail users the opportunity to journey into the heart of all that is uniquely American - its culture, heritage, landscape and spirit.
Following remarks from Mike Hood, Director of Parks and Recreation as well as John Ott, Chair of the Flat Branch Park Committe and Raymond Beck, Columbia City Manager, the groundbreaking took place.