Cotton Junction Trail Unveiled in West Tennessee
Jackson, Tenn. - There is a new way to discover parts of West Tennessee that are off the beaten trail. A new self-guided driving trail connecting farmland and small towns in the area was unveiled Tuesday.
The Cotton Junction Trail was launched by state tourism officials in Jackson. The trail starts in Memphis and heads east and north along 320 miles of roadway.
Travelers can stop at Brownsville's West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and see Flagg Grove School, where Tina Turner attended grade school.
Officials hope travelers will stop and spend money along the way. "Sales tax revenue from tourism is great because it is people smiling as they give it to you and you don't have to educate their kids," said Commissioner Susan Whitaker of the TN Department of Tourism. "They spend their money and say good bye, then go home and tell their friends to come back and visit."
The trail goes through nine counties - Carroll, Crockett, Fayette, Gibson, Haywood, Madison, Shelby and Weakley.
The Cotton Junction Trail is the sixteen Discover Tennessee Trail.