The trails are located in
wooded areas in and around the city, and consist of a natural tread surface, typically 18-24 inches wide.
To date, the
Marietta Trail Network includes nearly 20 miles, open for public use, free of
charge. Uses include: mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking, and bird
Ryan Smith is the
owner of Marietta Adventure Company and one of the organizers of the Rivers
Trails and Ales Festival. The Festival has kicked off the Trail Mainteance Fund
with a donation of 500 dollars.
Ryan Smith spoke with WMOA
“The idea for the maintenance fund came about after speaking with some of
my customers who enjoy using the trails…but because of work or family
obligations maybe can’t participate in a lot of the volunteer work days, where
we do regular maintenance on the trails, or when opportunities come about to
actually build new trail.”
And so, Smith says, the
goal is to grow the fund to so that a contractor can be hired to go through the
entire trail network once per year, knocking back vegetation, removing downed
trees, and complimenting the ongoing work by volunteers.
Donations to the
Marietta Trail Maintenance Fund can be made through the Marietta Community
Foundation at 100 Putnam Street, or online at mcfohio.org
. The Foundation’s phone number is (740) 373-3286.