Land & Environmental
The old staircase descending into the Glen from the Corry Street parking lot has been repaired. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

Glen trails get makeover

When spring comes and Glen Helen fills up with hikers, they may notice that the nature preserve is easier to traverse, with new stairs, boardwalks and rails along its most-traveled trail.

The $100,000 renovation includes an upgraded staircase descending into the valley from the parking lot on Corry Street, a boardwalk across a muddy section of the trail heading up towards the Yellow Spring, and a railing and steps along the Birch Creek, according to Glen Helen director Nick Boutis.

About 70 percent of the funding for the project came from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, while the Glen Helen Association and other donors filled in the rest. Native and locally-harvested red cedar was used in the project.

A handicapped accessible walkway completed last year takes visitors from the parking lot to the Trailside Museum. (Photo by Lauren Heaton)

 

A grant from Nature Conservancy will be spent later in the year for ecological restoration along the Little Miami River. Over 5,000 volunteer hours will be need to help remove invasive species from the two mile stretch of the state and national scenic river that passes through Glen Helen.

Read about other plans at the Glen in an upcoming issue of the News.

 

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