AMC’s Professional Trail Crew came down from their Pinkham Notch, NH base to Bucks County on August 1 for a week long project to clear and build a 1.3 mile stretch of trail that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
When completed the Ringing Rocks Trail, which is being developed as part of the PA Highlands Trail Network, will connect the popular Ringing Rocks County Park with the D&L Trail in Delaware Canal State Park.
Much of the trail crew’s work involved removing scores of blown-down trees that obliterated what had been a well-established footprint of an historic logging path. The crew also diverted a section of the trail around the seriously eroded crest of a slope overlooking High Falls Creek. The next tasks that must be completed before opening the trail to the public include: developing a “Footpath Crossing Agreement” that is required by PennDOT to cross River Road (Rt. 32 is a state road); and blazing and signing the trail.
Thanks to the work of the AMC Trail Crew, an obscure, historic logging path is well on its way to becoming one of the premier hiking trails in Bucks County, with the added value of providing a new connection between the iconic Ringing Rocks Park and the D&L Trail (a National Recreational Trail in Delaware Canal State Park). The AMC Trail Crew also worked with volunteers from the Friends of Nockamixon State Park to clear a portion of the Mink Trail along Lake Nockamixon.