The Mercer County Trails Association (MCTA)recently took an Anderson Bus trip to the towns of West Newton and Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Although the tour was certainly a great experience and a lot of fun, it was less of a field trip and more of a research/study expedition. What do these two towns have in common? They are both "trail towns" who have been significantly impacted by the Great Allegheny Passage development, the route cutting its path right through a section of their city.
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Okay... so there is already kind of a path there left from the railroad, but you get the inspirational gist.
After receiving a grant from the Baughman Fund to begin work on the Greenville-Jamestown Trail, the MCTA recognized it is best not to try and re-invent the wheel. There is much to learn from similar sized towns who have seen economic and tourism related growth within their communities due to river and trial recreational use. This recent trip was just the start, exciting the community who has responded to the possibilities this trail holds. WFMJ even came out to cover the story and help this "trail buzz" make its way into the outer edges of our region.
The opportunity for outsiders to ride through and see our area that may have never stopped before is no small accomplishment. It has the potential for new businesses to thrive and flourish, as well as strengthening the existing places to dine, stay, play and spend. Just as with our beautiful river, which moves more and more people down its winding path, this trail will offer another opportunity to live a healthier lifestyle and see the Greenville area in a much different way than before.
It is no lie, this has us at the office of your chamber of commerce pretty pumped. Checkout some more inspiration... and find out how you can be a part of this journey along the trail.