In today's society, when we wish to leave behind sounds and signs of civilization, we search for places of solitude. Trails offer gateways to miles of breathtaking beauty.
If we build with great expectations, all will be realized and much more. Whenever we try to pick out any one thing, we find it is hitched to everything else in the universe. We need to understand the connections between soil and food, predator and prey, wonder and cruelty. We should not be blind to what is at our feet.
The Holmes County Trails is a treasure not many communities have the opportunity to share with their neighbors and families.
Labeled as the first Trail in the nation to accommodate Amish buggies, the unique and scenic Holmes County Trail now has 15- miles of its 29-mile trail open from Fredericksburg to Killbuck.
One lane of the trail is paved with asphalt for biking, roller-blading, walking, running, and wheelchairs, while the adjoining buggy and equestrian trail is paved with "chip and seal" for horse-drawn vehicles and horseback riding. Upon completion of the 29-mile trail, Holmes and Knox county will consist of over 50-miles of uninterrupted trail giving trail goers one of the most unique recreational facilities in the Ohio to Erie Trail System through Ohio's heartland.
The Trail is a great place to connect, and reconnect and become reoriented with nature. We need wild places of solitude at times. Not every county in this nation has a natural corridor of beauty 29-miles long cleaving its heartland and owned in common by all its residents. "Let those who championed the Holmes County Trail project be remembered for their courage, sacrifice, vision, generosity and impact on the lives of the generations that will follow us."
SAVE-THE-DATE - The 12th Annual Holmes County Rails-to-Trails Benefit Auction and Road Apple 5K will be Saturday, June 11, 2016. (The event is annually the second Saturday in June.)
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