THE BENEFITS OF TRAILS
Although many focus on recreational benefits of a trail in our community, there is a much bigger picture of how the Trail can benefit our community. Rail 66 has worked hard to ensure that all members of the community can enjoy the trail. The effects on our health – both physically and mentally – is immense. Below are the benefits of having a trail in our community.
Rail 66 is extremely proud of the fact that the paved sections of the Trail are particularly popular with handicap persons who can now join their families in enjoying the trail and its scenery. Rail 66 is wheel chair accessible at several locations along the trail. The trail is also good for those who would like an easier, flatter walk than most back-country trails provide. The original 4 mile section of the trail in Knox Township is an uneven tar and chip surface. Completion of the next segment will also create accessibility from the trail to facilities at the Farmington Township Park.
The economic benefits are already evident. A new restaurant is being opened in Lucinda close to the trail that will feature a rail 66 sandwich. There is also a craft brewery adjacent to the trail near Marianne. Additionally, other shops and stores along the trail have seen increases in trail driven sales as more people from out of town come to experience the trail.