ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP - Mike Wayman has announced a new program for the public where they will have the opportunity to explore and learn about Indians Trails Park.
“I am spearheading for the Ashtabula Township Park Commission a tour of Indian Trails Park,” Wayman said.
The idea behind the tour is to show the park to people who may not have known of the trail or perhaps have not been on the trail in some time.
The tour will take people along the Ashtabula River and they will learn about the river and its resources as well as enjoy nature’s beauty.
“You have the opportunity of two dates, and I hope one of these dates fits your schedule: Tuesday, July 17, and Saturday, July 21,” Wayman said. “We will gather at 9:45 a.m. and leave promptly at 10 a.m.”
The Ashtabula Township Park Commission is excited to begin the program and see the community’s response.
The tour will meet up on both days at Ashtabula Little League Park. Guests will group up and be given an overview of what to expect while on the tour.
“The tour each day will start across from the Ashtabula Little League Park (Cedarquist Park) on Tannery Hill Road in Ashtabula,” Wayman said.
Wayman warns it is not a flip flops or dressy kind of tour. He said to wear clothing and shoes that will not hinder your experience.
“I encourage you to wear comfortable clothing and footwear,” Wayman said. “We will be fording across the Ashtabula River so your feet might get wet.”
Water will not be provided and Wayman also noted there could be bugs such as mosquitos on the trail.
“Also bug repellant and water would be good. Remember the park is a primitive hiking trail,” Wayman said.
There is not set time on how long the tour will take and Wayman said no one has to take the whole four-mile tour.
“As for how long the tour will last, I'm leaving it up to each individual. You can return to your car at any time,” Wayman said. “The park runs four miles along the Scenic Ashtabula River and encompasses 405 acres from the Smolen Covered bridge to East 24th Street behind the Ashtabula Medical Center.”
Wayman said the tour offers a new appreciation for the area’s natural wonders.
“I encourage you to come along if you've never seen this beautiful natural park or if it's been years since you were last in the park,” Wayman said.