The Town of Chapel Hill’s Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a guided trail walk and hike in celebration of National Trails Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4.
Bill Webster, Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Planning and Development Manager, will lead the hike, departing from the Tanyard Branch Trail Head.
The first 50 people in attendance on Saturday will receive a free pedometer and a bike-and-greenways trail map.
Participants will have an opportunity to visit the current construction site, look at recent innovations in trail design, and get a look at future plans for extending the Bolin Creek Trail to the west, connecting with the Tanyard Branch Trail near Northside Elementary School.
In 2015, the Town of Chapel Hill broke ground for Phase 3A of the Bolin Creek Trail improvement project, the section from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Pritchard Avenue Extension. The Town is now nearing completion of the design for Phase 3B, connecting the Bolin Creek Trail to the Tanyard Branch Trail.
“Once both of these trails are complete, it will be possible to bicycle or walk directly from the Northside neighborhood near downtown to the Chapel Hill Community Center with only a few minor road crossings” said Bill Webster.
This will be an information sharing event and an opportunity for the public to share their ideas. Those who plan to hike should come dressed for wet and rugged conditions.
The guided trail walk will begin at the Tanyard Branch Trail Head off Caldwell Street adjacent to Northside Elementary School.
Parking will be available at Northside Elementary School at 350 Caldwell St., with overflow parking at Hargraves Community Center athletic field at 504 N. Roberson St..