Bartow reapplies for recreational trail grant
by Matt Shinall
Dec 08, 2011 | 1798 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fans of the Pine Mountain Trail will be glad to know Bartow County has applied for a second year in the race for a recreational trail grant connecting the popular trail to the Hurricane Hollow greenspace.

A proposed 1.5-mile trail would branch off Cartersville's Pine Mountain Trail via the west trailhead on Komatsu Drive, taking hikers through the Hurricane Hollow greenspace owned by Bartow County.

"[The green space] is approximately 40 acres in there with the headwaters of Hurricane Creek. So it's a real pretty area and we wanted to develop a trail and link it to the Pine Mountain Trail," said County Administrator Steve Bradley.

The grant provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, if awarded, would be in the amount of $25,000 with the total project cost estimated at $31,300. Bartow submitted a request for the grant last year but was not successful.

"The [proposed] trail is a mile and a half, it is a 1.2-mile loop and then a three-tenths-of-a-mile connector that connects to the Pine Mountain Trail. ... It will not have it's own trailhead. You would have to go to Pine Mountain Trail, hike part of the trail and enter the Hurricane Hollow Trail," said Valerie Gilreath, director of the Bartow County Grant Writing Department. "It would be a hand-dug, as-natural-as-possible trail -- much like Pine Mountain and the Pine Log-Beasley Gap Trail in the northeast portion of the county."

The Pine Mountain Trail is governed by the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department, with entrances for the east and west loops accessible from Spur 20 and Main Street, respectively. Further expansion of the trail system could lead to connecting the current trails with those on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property at Cooper's Furnace adjacent to the Hurricane Hollow greenspace.

Cartersville Parks and Recreation Director Greg Anderson looks forward to an expanded and interconnected trail system to further offerings to both city and county residents.

"The city of Cartersville is partnering with them because you'll have to use the Pine Mountain Trail System to access this proposed trail," Anderson said. "We look forward to the trail system being extended.

"I use it regularly and I'm not by myself -- there's always several vehicles out there, and then on the weekends the parking lot is full and they're parked all the way down Komatsu Drive. ... When we had our Full Moon Hikes in August and September, we had over 100 in August and over 125 in September."

Gilreath expects to hear a decision on the grant request in March.