11/26/2010 12:16:19 PM
Some further details on Patton Road access:
It's about three miles on Dairy Road, three tenths mile on Cunningham Road, and one mile down Patton Road. This is a narrow, single lane dirt road, so if you meet a vehicle coming from the other end, one vehicle will have to back up to the rare pull over. There was no road sign for Patton Road in October, 2010. For these reasons I would recommend using other access means discussed below.
You can find limited, unofficial parking where the trail crosses paved hiways at Mayport, Heathville, Summerville (near Post Office) & Baxter, PA. We rode bikes from the Mayport bridge (about a half mile off Rt. 28), past the Patton Rd parking, to a bridge near Heathville. Very scenic, reminded us of the PA Grand Canyon!
This area was graded and rolled, fine for mountain biking even without the finished surface.
For a quick check on trail progress:
Along Rt 28, about halfway between Summerville and Baxter, you will find Morre Road near a hill crest (watch closely!). It's just a short distance to where the trail crosses this road, and you can park here to view two examples of bridges within a quarter of a mile on either side of Moore Road. The nearest one has railings and metal grid walkways. This area was more suitable for hiking, still rough gravel & ballast.
There appears to be about ten miles rolled now. This will be a great Rails to Trails when completed, but even in its' present state was quite enjoyable.