Hundreds from towns surrounding Jefferson City, along the route of the proposed 144-mile Rock Island Trail from Windsor to Beaufort, will gather at the state Capitol this Friday, Aug. 11, to show support for the trail.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the rally begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Missouri State Capitol South Steps, 201 Capitol Ave., Jefferson City.

The rally, organized by Missouri Rock Island Trail, Inc., the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy—comes as state officials, including the Department of Natural Resources, are considering whether or not to accept the donation of the 144-mile stretch of the former Rock Island rail line from Ameren.

The state has until February 2018 to make a decision and is currently collecting public comments about the project.