July 21, 2006, Community Log Column printed by the Reading Eagle reported that Brecknock Township was considering using the landfill settlement proceeds being provided by Berks County to develop an Equestrian Trail.
In reality, the Brecknock Township Parks and Recreation Board is working closely with the Supervisors to explore ways in which to preserve and protect the existing path of the Horse-Shoe Trail (HTS).
One such avenue may be to use the landfill settlement to buy trail easements across private lands. An easement would guarantee that the trail would be able to remain on the particular piece of property for which the easement is written.
Presently, the HTS is 140 miles long, running from Valley Forge National Park to The Appalachian Trail on Stony Mountain. According to the HTS website, http://hstrail.org/ the trail was developed in 1935 as a hiking trail and bridal path and is maintained by volunteers and the Horse-Shoe Trail Club.
Brecknock Township is host to approximately 10 miles of the trail. At the same time, the trail is increasingly being pushed from private lands onto public road surfaces which are extremely hazardous to trail visitors. While we are uncertain of the actual amount of trail usage we realize that the yellow blazes seen along the road sides may be curious marks to the newer residents of the area, especially since there are no developed parking areas for easy on and off access.
The Parks and Rec. board wishes to serve the Township residents’ wishes of developing passive recreational opportunities, as specified by the survey results of 2003; and working on an existing trail with the landowners who see it as a community jewel and something to be preserved and shared.
For more information regarding the Horseshoe Trail Association, visit their web site at http://hstrail.org. Stay tuned to this web site for new details as they emerge!
Thank you for your support!
The Brecknock Twp. Parks and Recreation Board