ABOUT THE TRAIL>> The Standing Stone Trail was first laid out in the late 1970s by a handful of forward thinking hiking enthusiasts. Originally 68 miles in length, today with the addition of the Greenwood Spur in 2014 it is over 80 miles long. Elevations run from a low of 660 feet to a high of 2380 feet at the Greenwood fire tower. The footpath links the Tuscarora Trail in the south at Cowans Gap State Park, to the Mid State Trail several miles north of Alan Seeger Natural Area. The trail is part of the
Mid State Trail Association’s “Yellow Creek Bridge” was one of 10 projects to gain national recognition recently with a 2014 award from the Coalition for Recreational Trails. Some of the other projects on the podium were from Alaska, New Mexico and New Hampshire. Deb Dunkle accepted the Recreational Trails Program Achievement Award on behalf of the MSTA at a ceremony held on June 11th in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington DC.The Recreational Trails grant money, which made the Yellow Creek Bridge and the other projects possible, came from the federal gas tax fund for nonhighway recreation. Over the past 20 years this fund has provided money for nearly 20,000 projects nationwide. In Pennsylvania the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources oversees the dispersment of these grants. Also on hand to help Deb celebrate this honor were Lauren Imgrund and Vanyla Tierney representing DCNR, Gregory Miller and Pete Olsen from the American Hiking Society, Marianne Fowler and Derrick Crandall, CoChairs of the CRT and Ed Lawrence.
State College Region Trail Care WeekendJune 2 to 4 will be the State College Region Trail Care Weekend. We are camping at Poe Valley S.P. This year at sites 41,43,45,47 and 50. Check in/out is 3PM. If you are planning to attend please let me know ahead of time so I can plan accordingly. So far it looks like we will have a good turnout. Volunteers are welcome to come for the weekend or just for Saturday. The bulk of the work for the weekend will be on the MST from Poe Paddy S.P. South to the crossing of the Millheim-Siglerville Pike. We will be brushcutting, lopping, raking, and blaze painting. I also have a new register box to be installed. If time permits we may continue into the Green’s Valley section south of the Millheim-Siglerville Pike. Contact me for additional information: Kevin Busko at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me at 814-643-4238.
Jim Mayer Trail Family Fun RunJohnstown, PAThe 5k out-and-back course will be along the original section of the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail in Johnstown that extends from Riverside to Moxham. Participants will follow the scenic section of the trail along the Stonycreek River and will pass by the Trail Art Murals near the old trolley bridge in Moxham.Kids under the age of 8 years old can participate in the Kids’ Trail Trot at 8:45 a.m. at the 5k start/finish line.All proceeds from the Jim Mayer Trail Family Fun Run will benefit the Friends of the Trails program, which exists to enhance and expand the Cambria County Trails.