Reviewed by: Pat Byington
Last month, the Freshwater Land Trust installed five new benches on two trails within the Red Rock Trail System—a network of trails, parks, bike lanes and sidewalks spanning more than 127 miles in Jefferson County. The benches and accompanying plaques are located in the Enon Ridge Trail in Smithfield and the High Ore Line in the Brownfield Community. Keep reading to learn more.
Not familiar with the Red Rock Trail System?
Developed by the Freshwater Land Trust—a non-profit conservation agency that has helped preserve thousands of acres of undeveloped land in the Birmingham area—the Red Rock Trail System is a network of trails within six major corridors of Jefferson County. Although the Red Rock Trail System currently includes 127+ miles of trails, the Freshwater Land Trust is far from done—the full master plan will eventually include 750 miles of trails!
New Benches on Red Rock Trail System
Earlier this year, the Freshwater Land Trust submitted a proposal to the Jefferson County Commission for seating and trail signage on both the Enon Ridge and High Ore Line trails—an amenity frequently requested by user of the trails. After being awarded the Community Grant in District Two, the Freshwater Land Trust purchased and installed five ADA-compliant benches—two on the Enon Ridge Trail and three on the High Ore Line.
New plaques located near the benches recognize the contributions that made the benches possible.
“We are so thankful for the Jefferson County Commission for their contribution towards the Red Rock Trail System. Benches and signage have been a top request for both the High Ore Line and Enon Ridge Trail, and we are thrilled that we were able to provide these much-needed amenities to trail users.”
Carolyn Buck, Freshwater Land Trust’s Red Rock Trail System® Director
In addition to the benches, the Freshwater Land Trust is currently producing 32 “trail blazes” — markers that will be placed every quarter mile along the trail to provide important location information for both trail users and emergency services.
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