Recreation & Attractions
Future development patterns should meld resource extraction with development of intrinsic qualities of the Byway. The preservation of our scenic natural resources for the enjoyment of the people of our region, as well as for the region’s economy, needs to take a high priority in private and public planning; business and political leaders of the region have to work together to avoid incompatible land uses.
What is the outlook for the future role of natural resources in the economy of the region? Can the region’s economy take advantage of our natural resources in some manner other than by extractive industries? Yes, indeed, we can. Our soils are still productive. Our mountains still grow fine timber. And the geologic scenery of the region is spectacularly attractive … where it has not been marred by extractive industries or poorly planned development.
Traditional ways are being augmented and altered by new approaches, but the region maintains its fundamental cultural identity, which is its strongest selling point and one that should be preserved and strengthened in order for the region to grow into the future. The Cumberland Byway seeks to tie the best of all of the historic, scenic, recreational, cultural, archaeological, and natural resources into a single narrative and voice.