LOCK HAVEN, CLINTON COUNTY(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – It’s the first day of spring, which means it’s time to pull the bikes out of the garage.
What better way to enjoy the season than being outside in the fresh air.
Just in time for warmer weather.. bikers, walkers or anyone who just likes to enjoy the great outdoors..can now come to the Bald Eagle Valley Trail to trail along some new and different paths.
“This is really exciting especially with the number of people here for the turn out today and such great weather,” said Clinton County Commissioner, Jeff Snyder.
2.2 miles are already open..now, an additional three and a half miles are available on the trail.
“People ask how can you justifiy spending money like this how can a county justify working on a project like this and I would say..how could a county justify not putting a rail trail in? This is the 21st century rail trails are popular,” said Clinton County Planning Director, Katie De Silva.
For starters..it brings in tourism.
“This will enable people to come here and stay overnight, bed and breakfast or hotel,” said Jerry Walls with Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.
For the locals..it is very convenient.
“It’s pretty awesome. I grew up in that house over there and pretty much rode this area all my life I actually rode this before it was open. So it’s pretty exciting and it’s minutes from my house I can ride it any day,” said Karen Houseknect of Lock Haven.
“It’s great. I’ve biked on the Pine Creek trail but it’s just real nice to have it closer to home,” said Sheldon Bender of Lock Haven.
Sheldon Bender has been biking for at least 12 years.
He tells me he also enjoys the health benefits of riding.
“It’s a great cardio work out it’s a great way to get out and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Bender.
Organizers say there’s a lot of great outdoors in Clinton County, but there’s not a lot of safe places to ride a bicycle or take a long walk where you’re safe from the cars.
And now..Bald Eagle Valley Trail has made a difference.
“Oh I’m looking forward just to seeing all of the beauty about Pennsylvania and all the nature and being with my friends and exercising and feeling good about myself,” said Donna Burnworth of Lock Haven.
There are six phases to finish before the entire trail is complete.
Once that’s done, it will connect to Pine Creek Trail which goes 62 miles.
It’s expected to be done in 2020.