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May 5, 2013

Trails take shape near Hinckston Run

JOHNSTOWN — A grass-roots group is nearly finished trailblazing a 1.5-mile hiking and biking path on one side of the Hinckston Run Reservoir.

Reservoir supporters told the Cambria Somerset Authority they would like to add a similar trail nearly the whole way around the 103 acre-reservoir.

“It’s a primitive trail, but it’s about 90 percent done,” said Ron Shawley, of the initial trail.

Shawley’s Laurel Highlands Historical Village group has been working in recent months to enhance recreation and educational opportunities at the reservoir in East Taylor and Middle Taylor townships.

The nearly complete trail is located on the East Taylor side of the reservoir. The area was once used as a logging road, CSA manager Earl Waddell said.

Shawley said a sign was added to direct visitors to the trail. The group also is planning clean-up days at Hinckston Run.

The group’s proposal to wrap a larger trail around the reservoir would need the CSA’s review and approval first, CSA Chairman Jim Greco said Thursday. He advised Shawley to submit a written proposal of its plans and noted the trail would not be able to make a full loop around the reservoir unless the group can get permission from other landowners.

The CSA’s Hinckston land does not encircle the entire lake, he said.

The Laurel Highlands village group has held educational events at the reservoir for area schoolchildren in recent months.

The reservoir itself is former Bethlehem Steel property now under the CSA’s

watch.

The authority has opened the reservoir for picnicking, fishing, hiking and non-motorized boating during the past decade.

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