Purpose, Vision and Mission Statement

Our Purpose

To provide leadership to develop a footpath only trail along an area of the southeast shore of Lake Martin known as Cherokee Ridge and the area along Sandy Creek known as Smith Mountain all in Tallapoosa County that will provide the public with a wooded trail retreat into nature, and to promote preservation of this unique alpine areas in its present natural use state.

Our Vision

As citizens of Central Alabama, we envision a footpath trail accessible from public roads and waters, with varied physical and visual features that will stimulate and provide opportunities for people to retreat to nature and environmentally protect this unique alpine area of the Tallapoosa River Valley. We envision the establishment of such a trail helping promote the general health of its users and providing opportunities for recreation through efforts in planning, constructing and using the trail. We envision attracting trail users that will in turn stimulate economic entities that lend themselves to such individual, family, and community outdoor activity. We further envision this trail as a venue for educational opportunities in natural environments.

Our Mission

The Cherokee Ridge Alpine Trail Association, Inc., is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to planning, building, and maintaining a footpath only trail. This trail is to be free of bicycles, motorized vehicles, horses, or other pack animals and utilized in a manner that will help preserve and promote the natural beauty of the flora, fauna, and other unique features of the Tallapoosa River Valley near the southeast shore of Lake Martin known as Cherokee Ridge, and Smith Mountain, near Dadeville, Alabama.