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The Citronelle Walking Trail is a paved rail-trail through the Citronelle Railroad Historic District to points south in the small city in southwestern Alabama. The community is named for the citronella plant, which is abundant throughout the area. Citronelle was a popular resort city in the 19th century, and a number of hotels were built to house the influx of vacationers. Only a small annex—known as the Hygeia Cottage—of one hotel is still standing, and it is now a contributing member to the historic district.
The Mobile and Ohio Railroad originally provided rail service to Citronelle, and in the early 20th century, the succeeding Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad ran the popular Gulf Coast Rebel passenger train through the city. The Citronelle Depot, built in 1903, has been restored and is now home to the Citronelle Depot Museum, which features free exhibits on the local history. The station can be found directly adjacent to the Citronelle Walking Trail on S. Center Street.
The trail itself runs on the former rail corridor between Main Street and Center Street through Citronelle. The path is lined with trees and illuminated by historically appropriate gas lights. The trail is one of several in the United States to have been designated a National Recreation Trail by the federal government.
Parking for the Citronelle Walking Trail is available at the Citronelle Depot Museum. The former railroad station is located at the intersection of S. Center Street and Irwin Street.
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