The Carroll County Recreation Department’s new mile-long walking trail in Hillsville is now open to the public.
The Carroll County Parks and Recreation Department invites citizens and their families to take part in the new one-mile walking trail and picnic areas located at the recreation park and enjoy using the facilities.
“Carroll County Parks and Recreation works to enhance the quality of outdoor recreation and create a sense of bringing the community together by providing recreational activities,” said Carroll County Parks and Recreation Director Libby Manning. “The walking trail will provide more opportunities for physical activity to improve health and fitness. In addition to the walking trail, the Recreation Department has added adult fitness exercise equipment.”
Manning explained the new walking trail goes through the middle of the Playground 2000 and crosses the creek before going around ballfield number two. The trail then goes into woods and to the Southwest Virginia Farmers’ Market before circling back around. The trail also features picnic tables and adult fitness exercise equipment for citizens to stretch before they start their jog or walk.
“I walked three miles today at lunch and it just seems like it flies by because you’ve got so many different areas. You are going by the creek and then you are going in the woods and then you are going out by the ballfield, so it breaks it up a little bit,” Manning said. “You don’t realize you’ve walked a mile until you are back at the start.”
Manning said the trail had been under construction for about four months prior to its completion. Completing a walking trail has been a top priority for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors, she said, adding that the county’s GIS office helped her with the design. While she described the new trail as an easy loop, she said a “challenging loop” and a “hiking trail” are planned for the future.
“We are excited. There’s been people coming everyday eating lunch on the picnic tables. And yesterday we had several people out there jogging and couples coming and walking and stuff,” Manning said. “A lot of people don’t know it’s done, so we want to get the word out that it is competed and ready to go.”
The Carroll County Recreation Department Senior Program will have Weekly Trail Walks on Mondays in May on the new trail.
The events will be held at the Carroll County Recreation Department (129 Ballpark Drive in Hillsville) at 11 a.m. on May 9, 16 and 23. Each Monday those interested will enjoy an outdoor walk on the new trail at the Carroll County Recreation Department. Meet at the picnic shelters by the playground to start the walks at 11 a.m. each day. Call (276) 730-3191 for more information.
Allen Worrell can be reacehd at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN