Recreational trail in works in Eaton Twp.
BY KEVIN WOODRUFF
Wyoming County Press Examiner
In an effort to expand its recreation offerings, Eaton Township is currently developing a walking/cycling trail.
The 6-mile trail, being named the Seneca Trail, will start on Jenks Road and extend north to Route 29 and on to Church Road.
Supervisor Randy Ehrenzeller said the trail is being called the Seneca Trail to give a nod to Eaton Township’s native American history.
It will use existing township and state roadways, with trail markers being installed to guide walkers and cyclists.
“Township roads are the primary elements of the trail,” Ehrenzeller said. “And we will use Route 29 to tie it all together.”
Ehrenzeller said that the trail follows Bowmans Creek for most of the trail.
The ultimate hope is to extend the trail north on Route 29 and tie it in with the Iroquois Trail in Tunkhannock Township.
Ehrenzeller said the proposed trail was recently designated by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of its trail system.
The trail will hinge upon a project to rehabilitate the Eatonville Bridge.
“We received funding to rebuild the Eatonville Bridge,” Ehrenzeller said. “And that will be kind of an anchor point for the trail.”
Ehrenzeller said that the township has also received a grant to develop a trail brochure and pay for trail markers.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us,” Ehrenzeller said. “We have most of the funding in place for the bridge. We’re working with PennDOT right now.”
Ehrenzeller said that the township hopes to bid out the bridge project by the end of 2013.
In the meantime, he said work will begin on getting a trail map put together and purchase trail markers.
“We hope to work with local artists to prepare a trail brochure,” Ehrenzeller said. “By the end of 2013 we hope to have the trail identified and get the trail markers installed.”
In addition to the trail markers and brochure, Ehrenzeller said the hope is to get trail heads and parking areas identified along the trail.
“Right now we’re looking at the roadside rest as a possible trail head,” Ehrenzeller said. “And some other parcels of land that the township owns as a part of the flood buyout program.”
Ehrenzeller said the township decided to use Jenks Road and Church Road as the basis for the trail because of their picturesque qualities and because they are already used by walkers in the township.
“We hope to tie in the scenic qualities of the township with its history,” Ehrenzeller said. “And overall, add more outdoor activity and recreation.”
He said the idea for the trail arose after looking at the township’s comprehensive plan that was compiled several years ago.
“One of the things we looked to do is add more recreational opportunities,” Ehrenzeller said. “And this is a step in that direction.”