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«PENNSYLVANIA TRAILS ADVISORY COMMITTEE Western terminus of the recently completed Great Allegheny Passage, Pittsburgh Year 2013 Annual Report ...»

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 AOAA worked with DCNR to develop a preliminary web map; the final version will be published on ExplorePAtrails.com.

 Northumberland County, along with the AOAA Authority, helped coordinate a tour group of retired U.S. and Canadian geology professors to view the Whaleback Anticline, a unique geologic feature on the property.

 The AOAA is a member of the Susquehanna Valley Visitors Bureau, an organization helping to promote the AOAA as an outdoor destination.

 The AOAA has begun signing and marking the property for improved navigation.

The AOAA is a prime example of an abused and underused piece of property turned into a regional (and eventually national) attraction for outdoor recreation.

Sponsors: Northumberland County, Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area Submitted by: Patrick Mack, Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area

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Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Middle Creek Accessible Trail Project Location: Adams County Description: Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve and Environmental Center is a non-profit education and conservation organization located on 609 acres in the foothills of the South Mountain Range.

Located 30 minutes from Gettysburg National Military Park, the Preserve’s mission is to protect the Swamp Creek and Middle Creek watersheds. There are 10 miles of trails on the property that lead to unique rock formations, scenic vistas, and hidden glades. Hiking is a popular activity at the Preserve.

In 2013, with assistance from Penn Trails LLC and the Middle Creek Accessible Trail at Strawberry Hill Preserve Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program, Strawberry Hill completed the installation of a 600-linear-foot ADA accessible trail. The Middle Creek Accessible Trail was constructed in the heart of the Preserve’s educational campus. Designed and constructed by members of the Professional Trail Builders Association, this natural surface trail was built to meet U.S. Access Board standards for people with disabilities.

The goal of the project was to create a new recreation and education asset that allows visitors of all physical abilities to experience the preserve. The project included new self-guided interpretive stations and habitat plantings. The trail connects the educational components of the preserve and minimizes impacts to sensitive wetlands.

Sponsors: Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Submitted by: Chuck Reid, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve Hanover Trolley Trail Project Location: York County, Hanover Borough to Penn Township Description: Through a long-standing license agreement with Met Ed, the County of York developed a recreational rail trail within the utility corridor that stretches from Hanover to West York.

The York County Rail Trail Authority, the trail development agency for the county, has been developing the Hanover Trolley Trail in phases. In 2013, using a DCNR grant to purchase materials and assist with engineering and design, Penn Township offered its public works crewmen and equipment to build a 0.9-mile section that extends across the township. The project was a partnership between York County Rail Trail Authority, DCNR and Penn Township.

The township’s donation was valued at more than Hanover Trolley Trail, Penn Township section, before $70,000, and the quality of the work was excellent. construction.

This section of trail opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 20, 2013.

The Penn Township section links directly to a 1-mile section completed in 2008 by Hanover Borough that begins at Moul Field, a borough-managed recreational complex. Newly constructed townhomes line this portion of the trail which passes into a wooded area, then links with a variety of medical facilities in Cherry Tree Court. The new section in Penn Township passes through the Penn Township Industrial Park, linking many industries. The project provides health, fitness and recreational opportunities to many nearby residents, medical facilities and industries.

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Path of the Flood Trail Project Location: Cambria County, Franklin Borough to Conemaugh Township Description: Locally known as the Coy/McCombie Link, this project connected two previously completed trail sections of the Path of the Flood Trail. It is a ¾-mile segment that connects to the National Park Service's Staple Bend Tunnel, the oldest railroad tunnel in the country.

Equipment and labor for the project was donated by several local companies with engineering services provided by Keller Engineers of Altoona, Pa. Steve Coy and Rob McCombie coordinated the volunteers.

Funding was provided by Cambria County and a DCNR mini-grant administered by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The Cambria County Conservation and Recreation Authority (CCCRA) formed a strong partnership with the Conemaugh Valley Conservancy which contributed funds toward fencing and the purchase of a tractor used for the project.

This link is a vital connector in the Path of the Flood Trail. It provides trail users with a continuous 10 miles of recreational trail that connects trail towns to the City of Johnstown. The Path of the Flood Trail is also an integral part of the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway, opening up the region for increased economic and tourism development. The trail provides educational and health benefits as well as opportunities for alternative transportation to work, school, shopping and play. This link provides connections to federal, state and local heritage and cultural sites, including the Johnstown Flood Museum.

This link trail officially opened on October 10, 2013.

Sponsor: Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority Submitted by: Delores J.

Columbus, Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority One of many scenic sections of the new Coy/McCombie link in the Path of the Flood Trail Enola Low Grade Trail Project Location: Lancaster County, Manor Township, Washington Borough Description: Manor Township purchased 5.25 miles of abandoned Norfolk Southern Railroad property, and with its own public works employees, built a 14-foot-wide trail surfaced with 4 inches of an aggregate mix specially developed for multi-use trails. This created an ideal surface for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.

Historic structures and environmental features were carefully preserved adding to the unique character of the trail.

The trail opened August 22, 2013. The number of users quickly exceeded expectations. Each weekend since opening day, several thousand visitors use the trail. Repeat visitors from central Pennsylvania are common.

Visitors from Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, North Carolina, California, Florida, and Ohio have given the trail excellent reviews.

Within months of opening, the trail became one of the more popular destinations in the region.

Sponsor: Manor Township Submitted by: Barry L. Smith, Manor Township Gifford Pinchot State Park Trails Project Location: York County, near Lewisberry Description: Volunteers re-routed, re-surfaced, improved and stabilized the Lakeside Trail near the campground and the dam at Gifford Pinchot State Park. Girl scouts worked to resurface a section of trail that was poorly drained and in need of repair.

Other groups such as a local church, Keystone Trails Association, the Friends of Gifford Pinchot, campground hosts, and state park staff worked to construct and improve 1,800 feet of trail. In addition, a 37-foot bridge was constructed to help complete the connection between the Beaver Creek Trail and the Mason-Dixon Trail, a long distance trail that spans from Delaware to the Appalachian Trail.

Volunteers spread stone over a geo-cell Sponsor: DCNR and Keystone Trails Association trail base at Gifford Pinchot State Park.

Submitted by: Genny Volgstadt, DCNR State Parks Region 3 Northwest Lancaster County River Trail Project Location: Lancaster County, Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, Marietta Borough, West Hempfield Township, Columbia Borough, parallel to the Susquehanna River.

Description: The Northwest Lancaster County River Trail (NWLCRT) is located in Lancaster County, Pa., and spans five municipalities along the Susquehanna River: Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, Marietta Borough, West Hempfield Township, and Columbia Borough.

Running parallel to PA Route 441, the NWLCRT follows the shoreline along the lower Susquehanna River.

The NWLCRT is a collaborative effort among various partners to develop a 14-mile, multi-use recreational trail that will link multiple communities and help connect people to the outdoors. New East Donegal Township section of the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail In 2013, construction was completed on a pedestrian bridge over Conoy Creek that now enables hikers and bikers to travel safely to and from the village of Bainbridge.

Once the entire trail is complete, it will feature scenic views of the river corridor and highlight various natural, cultural, and historic resources through interpretation and educational opportunities, thereby fostering stewardship ethic for trail users. The leading project partners include DCNR, Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lancaster County Parks Department, LCSWMA, Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, Marietta Borough, West Hempfield Township, and Columbia Borough. Additionally, the Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area, Lancaster County Conservancy, Lancaster Bicycle Club, Kodak American Greenways, Rivertownes PA, PA Fish and Boat Commission, PA DEP, DCED, and PennDOT are also partners in the project.

Sponsors: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Conoy and East Donegal townships, PennDOT, DCNR, Lancaster County Submitted by: Michelle Marsh, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Somerset Lake Trail Project Location: Somerset County Description: Somerset County Conservancy constructed a 1.5- mile walking and birding trail along the western side of Somerset Lake with viewing areas at strategic locations along the trail. The trail is constructed on the uplands along the western shore to avoid disturbance of the wetlands and marsh areas.

The trail passes through diverse habitats including alders, hardwoods, planted spruce and pines as well as open areas creating viewing access to migrating and breeding warblers, sparrows, thrushes and orioles as well as views of the water. The addition of this trail has increased low impact access to this valuable resource and enhances the experience of birders and others who wish to hike through this varied woodland. The trail complements the property's existing fishing resource and attracts visitors to one of the crown jewels of the Laurel Highlands.

The trail begins at the parking area off Wood Duck Road by the cove nearest to and just north of the Southwest Regional Headquarters Building. It runs north along the side of Wood Duck Road crossing three drainage ditches to avoid construction in the wetlands. The trail proceeds around the curve in Wood Duck Road to a point Somerset Lake beyond the wetlands where it turns into the forested scrub brush and continues until it meets up with the existing mowed grassy path that follows the lake’s edge around to the South Boat Launch. After passing the boat launch the trail enters the upland scrub forest and remains in the forest until approaching the wetland at the northern end of Wood Duck Road.

The trail surface along the lakeshore is a grass surface with an occasional marker indicating the trail direction.

The trail surface in the wooded scrub forest area is a coarse mulch-like substance. The trail is intended to be a low impact, low maintenance, walking path used to observe wildlife and access the lake for fishing.

Sponsors: Somerset County, PA Fish & Boat Commission, Somerset Lake Submitted by: Jim Moses, Somerset County Conservancy Sponsor: Lebanon County Planning Department Submitted by: Tom Kotay, Consultant to Lebanon County Planning Department Huntingdon & Broad Top Rail Trail Project Location: Bedford County, Broad Top Township Description: This second phase of the Huntingdon & Broad Top (H&BT) Rail Trail project started at the intersection of State Route 915 and Saw Mill Road, and ended at the trail’s intersection with Cypher Beach Road.

This project was a continuation of the design and construction of a former railroad rightof-way and rail trail that included the rehabilitation of a 350-foot trestle bridge spanning the Raystown Branch Juniata River.

Phase 2 added an additional 4 miles to the already completed 2 miles making 6 miles of the 10.6 total available to the public.

Sponsors: Bedford County, Broad Top Township

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Grand Opening celebration of the H&BT Rail Trail Lackawanna River Heritage Trail Project Location: Lackawanna County, City of Scranton, Taylor Borough, Archbald Borough, Jermyn Borough, Fell Township Description: The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail, in conjunction with the Delaware and Hudson (D&H) RailTrail, forms a ±70 mile trail system from Pittston, Pennsylvania to the New York State border, north of Lanesboro. Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) develops and manages the trail system from Simpson south through the Lackawanna Valley. The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania is responsible for the D&H Rail-Trail to the north. The trail is popular with walkers, runners, bicyclists, cross country skiers, snowmobilers, and equestrians.

Scranton to Taylor Lackawanna Heritage Lackawanna River Heritage Trail ribbon cutting ceremony near Archbald Valley developed 2 miles of trail between the City of Scranton and the Borough of Taylor, adding to the popular 6-mile contiguous section in Scranton. The new trail offers multi-use dual surfacing, an amphitheater, lacrosse fields, and art installations along the route.

Archbald to Jermyn - Lackawanna Heritage Valley developed 3 miles of trail between the Boroughs of Archbald and Jermyn, expanding the popular Mid Valley Trail. This new section offers a combination of improved sidewalks, dual surfacing trail, and a shared-use road. Users can travel from Condella Park in Olyphant through Jessup to Archbald.

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