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.
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
• 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."
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.
Trail users are advised to use caution and stop at automotive roads.
Someday we hope to have the Darlington Station as a similar combined destination.
Looking forward to our Ligonier Welcome signs.
Great Allegheny Passage