Completion of East Branch Trail will be celebrated

From staff reports

A celebration of the completion of a segment of the East Branch Trail will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Hydetown fire hall.

The event, which is open to the public, will include remarks by representatives of Clear Lake Authority and other trail partners and supporters followed by a ribbon cutting and official inaugural bike ride.

The newly completed portion of the trail is about a half-mile from the fire hall. It is 2.4 miles of crushed limestone surface.

It is currently the southernmost portion of the East Branch Trail, which is part of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail and the Industrial Heartland Trails Coalition, a group of organizations and stakeholders advocating for trails across Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia.

Clear Lake Authority owns and manages the East Branch Trail and is the host of the event. Clear Lake was originally established as a municipal authority to maintain Clear Lake in Spartansburg and 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.

The event will be held in conjunction with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Celebrate Trails Day.

Hydetown Borough is part of the Oil Region National Heritage Area, which also includes Oil Creek Township and Titusville in Crawford County and all of Venango County.

Clear Lake Authority has been supported by Hydetown Borough Council, the Oil Region Alliance and managers of the Oil Region National Heritage Area for this project.