The Cumberland portion of the Pennsy Trail has essentially been unfinished ever since it opened in 2010. With final negotiations complete on right-of-way acquisition, the town now will extend the trail the rest of the way to CR 600W. That will make access easier for Hancock County residents. (Kyle Lewis/Daily Reporter graphic)
CUMBERLAND — The Pennsy Trail will undergo a small but important expansion this spring in a move that will mean easier access for hiking and biking enthusiasts.
The trail will be extended 0.3 miles to the east, completing the trail to CR 600W.
The three-mile path was constructed mostly in 2010. It now stops just shy of CR 600W because of a right-of-way acquisition snag officials ran into at the time. That has resulted in inconvenience for Hancock County residents who live west of the trail: Without a trailhead and parking lot at its eastern terminus, they have had to drive all the way to Cumberland to park and access the trail.
Andrew Klinger, town manager, said land acquisition and grant money finally came together in order for ground to be broken as early as next month.
“The contractor wants to get going in March,” Klinger said. “My guess would be within 60 days, you’ll see fairly substantial completion.”
Perhaps the most important aspect of the project, Klinger added, is the new trailhead. It will be on the south side of the trail just off CR 600W.
“There will be some benches and, the most important thing, there will be a parking area and some informational signage, so folks will be able to pull in there and park and get on the trail at that spot,” he said.