Option for trail being considered
10-mile plan won’t happen
November 12, 2012
HARMONY — A proposed 10-mile hiking trail through three municipalities won’t happen now, but organizers are looking at an alternative option. Officials in Harmony, Zelienople and Jackson Township have discussed the trail for more than a year. But Harmony President Jack Shanks said at the borough council meeting Tuesday night that the original plan is dead because three private property owners would not grant permission for their land to be used. The trail was supposed to loop in a circle through the municipalities with those private property owners’ land being used as connectors for existing trails. “Both Zelienople and Harmony council members went to talk to the property owners on multiple occasions, but it didn’t do any good,” Shanks said. “We are very disappointed.” However, new plans call for an 11.5-mile trail that will not be continuous and will force walkers to turn around and go back the way they came. Shanks said the new proposed trail won’t be ready until at least May, but added that most of the work is already done. The trail will be open only for walkers or runners. Bikes and horses will be prohibited. Shanks added that the trail will have several kiosks along the way that will include trail maps and other brochures. The municipalities also are working together to create two stepping-stone bridges for hikers to cross waterways.