Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Meyersdale, PA - Trail Town

Today was a beautiful crisp day to enjoy the fall colors and get some outdoor exercise.
We found ourselves in Meyersdale, PA, a Trail Town at mile 32 of the Allegheny Passage.
This rider from England captured a few memories before riding to town to look for lunch.
Meyersdale is capturing Trail-Based Tourism by applying the elements designed for this project.
"Trail Towns are not stand-alone communities; they are linked by the trail corridor. Trail
users may be passing through a town on a day trip or long-distance trek, or may drive to
a community and park to access a river or trail.
Trail users want to explore interesting places in their travels and will need services that
your town can provide. Basic elements of a Trail Town strategy include:
• Enticing trail users to get off the trail and into your town
• Welcoming trail users to your town by making information about the
community readily available at the trail
• Making a strong and safe connection between your town and the trail
• Educating local businesses on the economic benefits of meeting trail
tourists’ needs

• Recruiting new businesses or expanding existing ones to fill gaps in the
goods or services that trail users need
• Promoting the “trail-friendly” character of the town
• Working with neighboring communities to promote the entire trail
corridor as a tourist destination.
Any trail, long or short, is a valuable asset to a community. It
provides free recreation for people of all ages and fitness levels,
and offers opportunities to study nature or local history."

To learn more, read here:
Part of the trail goes under a road.
Even after all the rain of the past few days, the trail was well drained to walk or bike on.
This is likely the style of surface we will be using on the Phase One rail bed area.
Looking closely, you can see the trail is slightly crowned. This provides the good drainage we are looking for to protect the trail and reduce water damage, therefore reducing repair and maintenance costs. We are learning from the experience of others to try and get it right the first time.

The porch of the station walks right onto the train and trail.

Trail users are advised to use caution and stop at automotive roads.

This spot is a historical museum, visitor center, and rest stop.
Someday we hope to have the Darlington Station as a similar combined destination.
Driving through Rockwood we noticed these banners.
Looking forward to our Ligonier Welcome signs.

Great Allegheny Passage
Trail Towns

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