Saturday Morning Walking Club to resume walk along Lawrence Hopewell Trail

SCOTT FRIEDMAN

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Saturday Morning Walking Club will host its first walk since February on the second Saturday of September, trekking over the new 500-foot pedestrian bridge at Mercer Meadows to a new stretch of the trail to Old Mill Road.

The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Rosedale Lake parking lot.

“We are looking forward to traveling from Mercer Meadows through a new stretch of trail built by the Mercer County Park Commission to better assure safe travels from the park to the trail that crosses Old Mill Road and runs through fields up to Pennington Rocky Hill Road,” Becky Taylor, co-president of the LHT and host of the walk, said in a prepared statement. “We will cross the bridge that just opened and walk along a new stretch of trail that is partly tree-lined and partly open field to a safer crossing than the old route that crossed at a curve in the road that partially obscured visibility of cyclists and people driving cars.”

All participants will be expected to wear face masks and walk socially distanced from each other.

Walkers will be divided into groups of 20 or less, should more than that number join the group at 9:30.

The walk will be 4.5 miles round trip, with the midpoint being the intersection of Wargo and Titus Mill Road. From the parking area at Rosedale Lake, the LHT follows the park roadway and turns north to cross the new pedestrian bridge over the Stony Brook. Once on the north side of the brook, the trail turns west and follows the wooded banks of the creek on gravel path and boardwalk to connect to Old Mill Road. The trail continues through meadow until intersecting with Pennington Rocky Hill Road. From here, the trail travels northeast along the BMS property with open meadow and farm landscape views to arrive at Wargo Road near the Watershed Institute.

A map of the route can be found at https://goo.gl/maps/KekK2iVAUydK4KPd8

If rain results in the walk being postponed, a notice will be posted on the website.

The Lawrence Hopewell Trail is a 22-plus mile bicycle and pedestrian trail and transportation corridor through public and private land in Lawrence and Hopewell Townships in Mercer County. The Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation is a nonprofit organization that depends on the community for support. The LHT is a key member of the Circuit Trails an 800-mile network of bicycle and pedestrian trails connecting people to jobs, communities, and parks in the Greater Philadelphia Region. For more information,ย visit www.lhtrail.org