Mount Airy Rails to Trails
First trail volunteers: From Left to Right
Jay Weiss, Diane Martin, Mike Riegel and Council President Larry Hushour
This is the Rails to Trail logo. Patches were made and given to volunteers who gave of their time helping to make R2T a reality.
Be careful what you say yes to should be the motto of the Rails to Trails (R2T) first volunteers.
For many years what is now known as rails to trails was lying in waste from years of neglect, debris, and was all but forgotten. Over the years many different people spoke about a possible trail but nothing ever came of it...well that was until a dedicated volunteer (turned Mount Airy Council President) Larry Hushour decided to take on this challenge. Larry convinced 3 other friends to join him creating a walking trail that would connect Main Street Mount Airy to Watkins Park. How hard could that be? The four friends showed up at what ended up being the entrance by Watkins Park and did a double take after looking at the overgrown brush that blocked their way. One friend even remarking "You want us to do what?" To make a long story short those four friends made progress then came more friends, church groups, scout troops, local businesses and before long we had a trail that connects Main Street Mount Airy with Watkins Park.
The trail is a work in progress with new features being added and a hopeful expansion planned for the future. The trail is a wonderful easy stroll in the shade along a stream.