• Michelle Hebert

New trail opens in northeast Leon County

On Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, a new nature trail opened for the public to use in northeast Leon County. The trail is located on Proctor Road, which is east of Thomasville Road, according to WCTV News. In total, the trail is two miles, and it is open to the public for hiking, biking, and running, local news sources reported.

According to local news sources, the county worked in collaboration with different organizations and clubs to create the new trail: Gulf Winds Track Club, the Chiles High School cross country team, and the Tallahassee Mountain Bike Association. An inaugural run from the Chiles High School cross country team opened the trail, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

"This is one of our first facilities this far northeast. The northeast side, in terms of county facilities, have been lacking, so we're really excited this trail head is opened, and we're ready to kick it off to the public," Leigh Davis the Leon County Director of Parks and Recreation stated.

Bryan Desloge, Leon County’s District Four Commissioner, believes that “municipal outdoor recreation is needed on the northeast side of the county,” according to WCTV News.

“If you look in District 4, pretty much north of I-10 east and Meridian, there is one municipal ball field. This is the beginning of what will eventually be some additional ball fields. We looked around a couple of years ago and said, we own the property, why don’t we make some good use of it,” Desloge said.

The trail is phase one of the northeast Leon County park, WCTV News reported.