Oct. 15 Walk Marks Soft Opening for Covington Section of Rail Trail
October 16, 2016
With over 70 bags of litter collected and the installation of signage during the week prior, Newton Trails' October 15th Rail Trail First Walk marked a soft opening for an approximately two-mile section of primitive rail trail in Covington. The unpaved section runs from Emory Street south of Highway 278 west to Turner Lake Road near Washington Street.
Currently, trail users can park at Turner Lake Complex and access the trail via Clark Street sidewalks or park at Covington City Hall and access the trail via Emory Street. This section of trail runs through a variety of neighborhoods and business districts and is an excellent demonstration of the connectivity that a greenway trail can provide. The trail is in primitive condition and suitable for walking and mountain bikes.
Newton Trails has secured four trestle bridges in need of restoration to prevent public access and is in the process of installing signage along two more sections of the 14.9-mile railroad corridor. The two additional sections of trail (Elm Street to the Alcovy River and East Bear Creek to Ziegler Road) will open to the public once the signage is installed. Public safety signage includes stop, stop ahead and trail rules.
To celebrate and support the ongoing effort to open and develop the rail trail, Newton Trails urges trail supporters to become Newton Trails members or make a donation. Newton Trails is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible.