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Rockingham County Pathways could begin with Eden trail

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- Eden's Island Ford Landing at Smith River Greenway is just under two miles but the short trail remains popular to residents.

"Everybody brings their dogs out here and we bring our kids with the wagons and pull them sometimes, it's a good trail," said Andrea Jamison.

Regional planners say it could be one of eight places where Rockingham County Pathways begins. 

Rockingham County Pathways would tie individual greenways together, creating a network of trails that would cross the county. 

The Pathway would follow public and private land and connect towns and tourist sites like Mayo River State Park and Haw River State Park. 

Backers say Rockingham County Pathways could be a money maker like the New River Trail State Park in Virginia. 

A 2010 report said the Virginia trail pumped in over 10 million dollars into the area. 

Designers are looking for public and government approval so they can begin looking for grant money to fund the countywide trail.