On Friday, October 19th, the Lumber Heritage Region celebrated the completion of the Knox-Kane “Rails to Trails” project at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Mt. Jewett. A product of years-long worth of efforts, this project focused on converting a historic, almost four-mile railroad system from Mt. Jewett to the Kinzua Bridge State Park. Now, as an accessible trail, the newly developed Knox-Kane stretch not only provides opportunities for hiking, biking, and horseback riding but also for increased tourism and economic development.
Amongst those participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were Cindy Dunn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and Janie French, executive director of the Headwaters Charitable Trust. Both Dunn and French were credited for helping secure project funding, with French saying “Without local support, this trail could not have been developed.”
Amongst the guest speakers, was Mt. Jewett Borough Councilman, Brett Morgan, saying “It’s not often that a small community gets $1 million for a project, and it’s exciting to see what trails can be to a community,”.
For more information on the Knox-Kane Rails to Trails project, click here.