We know people are eager to access the rail trail, and volunteers are working hard to open sections of the primitive trail as soon as possible. Securing the trail's four trestle bridges, installing basic signage to inform users of trail rules and road crossings, and controlling vegetation are key steps to opening the trail to the public.
The trestle bridges, which are in various states of disrepair, and access to public parking areas dictate which sections of the trail will be available for public use initially. The trail sections that will open first include the following:
Turner Lake Road to Emory Street with parking available at Turner Lake Complex and Covington's city hall. (Approximately 1.5 miles)
Elm Street to the Alcovy River with parking available at the Elm Street parking deck, Floyd Street, Clark Street, and Academy Springs Park. (Approximately 2.1 miles from Elm Street to Eagle Drive and 1.7miles from Eagle Drive to the Alcovy River)
Beaver Park to East Bear Creek with parking at Mansfield town center and Beaver Park. (Approximately 1 mile from Beaver Park to Mansfield town center and 1.9 miles from Mansfield town center to East Bear Creek)
Opening these sections will allow trail users to enjoy approximately 8.2miles of the 14.9-mile rail trail. To preview sections within the Covington city limits, we invite people to join us for our September and October Rail Trail First Walks.
As a volunteer-run organization, Newton Trails depends on trail supporters to become members, donors, business sponsors, and volunteers. Please take a moment to learn about the various ways you can support the rail trail project by clicking on the available links.