Work has begun on a new trail that will connect Spring Meadows Park in South Middleton Township to the village of Boiling Springs.
The trail will start near the cell tower at Spring Meadows and travel by Dickinson College Farm, around the Stamy farm following along Park Drive and near High Street before ending at Fourth Street in Boiling Springs. From there, township officials hope residents and walkers will have better access to the village, as well as closer proximity to the Appalachian Trail.
“This initiative fulfills a vision of many to have our township parks and trail network connected to the village of Boiling Springs,” South Middleton Township Supervisor Tom Faley said. “In doing so, walkers will have easy access to the Appalachian Trail and Children’s Lake.”
Faley said planning for the new 1.19-mile trail has been going on for months. The township split the trail into two segments and worked with Dickinson College as well as the Stamy family to obtain easements on those properties in order to work on the trail.
“We are very grateful to Dickinson College and the Stamy family for providing the township the needed easements,” he said.
The new trail will mirror the one already at Spring Meadows Park. The trail will be 8 feet wide and made of crushed stone and smaller gravel.
The township received a Cumberland County Land Partnership Grant of $12,640 to cover half of the cost of the Stamy segment of the trail. The township has budgeted $50,000 for the overall trail project.
Faley said the township parks team will continue work on the trail with the hope of completing it by winter. The trail will be open to residents, as well as pets and cyclists.