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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Potter County Looks At Trails

Pine Creek, Austin Trails Top ‘Greenways’ Priorities

foresttrailTwo local “Greenways” projects have been chosen as top priorities in a plan to boost recreational opportunities and preserve natural infrastructure in Potter County.

The plan is expected to enhance economic development and tourism, conserve natural resources and help to meet the region’s recreational and transportation needs. Potter County has 17 existing trail corridors, many related to the Susquehannock Trail System.

Proposed trail towns and hubs in the Greenways plan — areas where multiple trails connect or come close — include Wharton, Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Ulysses, Shinglehouse and Cross Fork. Potter County’s top projects are the Pine Creek Trail Extension, running from Tioga County to Galeton along an old railroad bed, then continuing along Rt. 449 to the Triple Divide area; and a trail from the Austin Dam ruins which would be extended south to the high school along a former railroad grade.

Other priorities are the Allegheny Trail, from Wharton south into Cameron County; the Port Allegany to Coudersport trail, paralleling Rt. 6; a Coudersport to Shinglehouse trail, following the former railroad bed; the North Border Trail, from the Triple Divide to Genesee and on to the Buffalo and Rochester areas through the Genesee River Wilds corridor; the Ulysses Trail, from Tioga County to Ulysses, heading south to converge with a number of trails in the Triple Divide area; Genesee to Coneville, which will connect to the Coudersport to Shinglehouse trail; and the Norfolk Southern trail along the rail corridor into Cameron County and Emporium.

Trails located north of Rt. 6 will have more emphasis on ATV riding. Water trails designated in the plan include the Upper Allegheny, Coudersport to McKean County; Pine Creek; and First Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek from south of Austin to Cameron County. Scenic byways in the plan are the existing Rt. 6 corridor and the Dark Skies byway along Rt. 44.

Following a public comment period, the Boards of Commissioners in each of the six counties will be asked to adopt the Greenways plan as part of their existing Comprehensive Plans. Counties included in the regional Greenways area are Cameron, Potter, McKean, Clearfield, Elk and Jefferson.


Anonymous said...

good more atv rideing was hoping for more

Anonymous said...

I believe good safe trails will bring more tourists, give the economy a boost, and provide a fun experience. We need this project ... yesterday.

Anonymous said...

maybe the tax payers might finally get some use out of our tax money beside the wellfare people,

Anonymous said...

Horray! The "last" Board of Commissioner's priority issue is finally coming true. I know of one who worked very hard for the Austin Project. I think you know her too. Wonderful!