The city of Kingsport prides itself on its hospitality and first-rate amenities. Its outdoor recreational assets and public parks make the city a regional draw. After the success of its city-wide vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding program, the city of Kingsport reengaged Corbin Design in 2017 to create a complementary trail wayfinding program to highlight one of the city’s most significant commodities: the Kingsport Greenbelt.
The Greenbelt is a historic, scenic 10-mile multi-use trail with access points located throughout the city. It winds its way along the Holston River and connects to meadows, historic sites, neighborhoods, and Downtown Kingsport.
Similar to the city program, the Greenbelt wayfinding design carries the brand of the city through the character of the signs. However, this system features more natural colors and finishes so that the signs feel like a natural extension of the trail. Subtle illustrative elements include vines and butterflies making the signs blend with the environment in an interesting way. The full signage standard includes new and retrofit identification signs, mile markers, trail directional signs, and urban pedestrian trailblazers to reconnect people back to the trail.
After the development of the Greenbelt design standards, Kingsport further expanded its wayfinding program to include park signage to help strengthen the city identity and improve the park experience for visitors.