A segment of the East Branch Trail has been completed in Hydetown.
The project was funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and
Natural Resources with the support of several other agencies and grant programs.
There will be a celebration for the completion at 2 p.m. on Saturday April 22 at the Hydetown Fire Hall.
The event will include a ribbon cutting and remarks by representatives of Clear Lake Authority who owns and manages the East Branch Trail as well as other other supporters of the trail..
The newly completed portion of trail is 2.4 miles with a crushed limestone surface. It is currently the southernmost portion of the East Branch Trail, which is part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.
The Clear Lake Authority was originally established as a municipal authority to maintain Clear Lake in Spartansburg.
They acquired the rail corridor to establish the East Branch Trail.
This particular portion of the East Branch Trail traverses some of the Crawford County Forest and its wetlands, a unique environment with diverse flora and fauna, according to the press release from the Oil Region Alliance.
The event will be held in conjunction with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Celebrate Trails Day, with events taking place across the country.