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Monday, December 21, 2009

Rail Trail Works For ATVers, Snowmobilers, Hikers, Cyclists, and Horseback Riders

Rails to Trails has its heart and soul

Snow Shoe Multi-Use Trail

Gail Franklin - For the Centre Daily Times

In 10 years, Larry and Trilby Mayes have watched a group formed to support an abandoned railroad bed converted into a recreational trail soar from 85 members to more than 3,300.

The Mayes’ were two of the original grassroots founders of the nonprofit Snow Shoe Rails to Trails Association in 1999 but their enthusiasm for all-terrain vehicle riding and the creation of a multi-use trail that gives them and others a legal place to ride has never waned.

“They’re really the heart of the organization,” said Eric Brooks, a member since 2003. “They are very dedicated individuals to the trail and the Centre County region has benefitted by that.”

The association manages and maintains about 20 miles of a converted rail bed that hosts ATVers, snowmobilers, hikers, cyclists and horseback riders from Winburne to Clarence. More...

12 comments :

Anonymous said...

this is great stuff. I wish we could do something like this in our area. We could be as popular as teh hatfield mccoy trail system if we could get organized.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of miles of abandon railbed in Potter County. Everyone wants to keep pushing tourism but nobody ever seems to want to move forward with a project like this that could actually improve the county's tourism value. There is money available out there for projects like this. We need to start pursuing it.

Anonymous said...

You could start by telling farmers that don't own old railroad tracks that they DON'T own them!

Yea, you know who you are. The next time you decide to strand a wire across those tracks I'm going to press charges on you for attempted murder!

Anonymous said...

3:22:00 PM
Who owns the land?

Anonymous said...

Are you sure they don't own the property?
Most rail companies were granted a right-of-way across propertys.When those companies ceased to exist so did the right of passage.Unless you are a train,you may very well be trespassing.Just a thought before a big fight breaks out.

Anonymous said...

What some of you seem to fail to understand is that a good many of these old railroad tracks converted back to the owners of the land that they went across and are not there for John Doe to trespass up on.

So to 3:22 poster, you just might be the one facing CHARGES!

Plus your attitude is going to make the land owner think twice about letting you riders across.

Anonymous said...

Just like many other good things this will be shot down in potter county !

Anonymous said...

I worked on this for years when I was pres and founder of the local snowmobile club. The land in most cases did revert back to the landowner. And if you treat the land owner right and insure him, clean up after yourself etc; that part can usually be worked out. The major problem that I ran in to locally was the fact that someone allowed the bridges to be taken out or they were deemed unsafe! Luckily we have good people and good landowners on our trail system that the Westend Trailblazers Snowmobile Club maintains with a lot of hard work and partnership!! I also had a lot of help from local business , supporters and had equipment from Pave-N-Save at my disposal. So if ya don't know what's goimg on, leave the good hearted landowners out of it! Almost every one we approach is willing to work with us if we respect their land while trying to preserve our sport!Building new bridges over rivers is expensive but possible. Join you're local snowmobile club who has already made tremendous strides and see what you can do to get grants etc. You can get more info @ westendtrailblazers.com. Thanks! Brad Jones

Anonymous said...

The land didnt revert back to the landowner. It was always the landowners land a right of way just means that the gov. has the right to use it as they need. I like to ride ATV's and I find that if you are decent on the property and ask the landowners permission then they usually dont have a problem letting you go through. There are a few bad apples out there that ruin it for all of us. Sticking up strands of wire that are hard to see is just criminal. Putting up a gate that can easily be seen by all is a more responsible thing to do. I understand its their property and their perogative but someone that isnt riding irresponsibly is going to be killed on accident. You dont have to try to kill people to keep them off your property. Just ask those beer hunters. Alot of times being decent and respectful to the ATVers will get you just as much respect back.

Anonymous said...

Whoops! The snowmobile club's website is westendtrailblazers@yahoo.com Brad

Anonymous said...

The person who left the comment at 7:39, what in the hell are you talking about?
We have seen many examples of positive things happening in our community.
What did you mean by that comment?
When people act like dildines and just send out some negative message like that, all it does is hurt the cause of looking out for our fellow man and working together as a community.

Anonymous said...

Amen 10:37! Brad