Leon County expands trail system

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By: Mariel Carbone
August 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Residents now have a new place to hike, bike and run.

Leon County expands its trail system with its most recent addition, Orchard Pond Road Trail.

The trail officially opened about a week ago. It's nearly 3.5 miles long and is a multi-use trail, with areas to accommodate equestrian riders.

The trail is the old Orchard Pond Road, which was used for cars before the new toll road was built. This leaves it with a different feel than some of the other trails across the county. Instead of a grass surface or crushed oyster shells, the trail is basically an old county road bed.

County Director of Parks and Recreation Leigh Davis said it was a good way to make use of an otherwise unused road.

"It was an excellent opportunity for basically reuse. And the owners in the area helped with trail heads and so it was a great community partnership and it provides opportunities for folks on this side of town that hadn't had those opportunities before," she said.

Orchard Pond Road Trail has two entrances. One is located along the toll road and is designed for cars. A second entrance is located off of Old Bainbridge Road and accommodates cars and horse trailers.

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