Brad Clemenson, of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), contacted the Ligonier Valley Trail group to discuss overlaps in our projects. After discussion and reading their report, we hope to coordinate with PEC, as our goals nicely match theirs.
Connecting the Ridgeback Trail network to Ligonier in a way that makes sense to a certain group of users could be a simple task utilizing paved roads and signage into Linn Run State Park, then on to Forbes State Forest dirt roads and trails via Linn Run Road.
The Ridgeback Trail can also be linked to Jones Mills, a community with a hotel (Log Cabin Motel) and Bed and Breakfast (Friendship Inn), as well as other visitor services located at the intersection of Routes 31 and 381, about two miles from the Donegal Turnpike Interchange. This connection has been mapped in the Mountain Watershed Association feasibility study for the Indian Creek Valley Trail, which then also will link to the communities of Champion and Indian Head along Route 381.
To read more about this project and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, see the references and links below.
The entire Laurel Ridge Trails Assessment report can be downloaded from www.pecpa.org/Laurel_Highlands.
Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)
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