Today is Thursday, August 17, 2017

The new Cedar City Trail

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While driving in front of the new Lebanon High School, I happened to notice a parking area just across the road and correctly guessed that it was connected to the proposed trail between the two schools in the area. I don't know when the work was completed, but it looked ready for business as we unloaded the bikes on the freshly lined parking lot. A big Cedar City Trail sign inlaid in the concrete trailhead welcomed us to the experience.

Linda and I took our bikes on a mild day in November to explore the nice, wide asphalt walkway which leads behind Winfree Bryant School. I was surprised to see just how close the schools are when going across the creek through the backcountry. I was also astonished at the overgrowth of the privet hedge plant which had taken over since this once-secluded farm field site.

Bike-riding was easy since the whole course is relatively flat. While the total length is only about a mile, additional routes can be extended on either end into the parking lots of the schools and College Hills Church. Behind Winfree Bryant School, a woodchip path leads to the playground approaching the south side of Byars Dowdy School. We didn't try this part of the unofficial course, preferring instead to keep our large-wheeled bikes on the pavement.

There are a couple of benches at trail side, making it easy to loiter along the route to look for wildlife or appreciate the sunshine on this temperate fall day. At the schools, all the gates around the sports fields were open, which allowed for biking but made me wonder about security.

If more distance is needed for a bike outing, the pedaling can easily be extended into neighborhoods to the north and south of the trails where traffic is minimal, and road speeds are slow.

For those interested in getting away from the television, video games and indoor pursuits, Lebanon truly has a treasure in the parks and trails which are nice to explore while the weather is agreeable.

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