Section 4 Reroute
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A proposal was submitted to the Corps of Engineers in December 2005 to reroute the portion of Section 4 near Ferguson Road. The existing route has the following drawbacks:

  • No parking near where trail crosses road.
  • Dangerous crossing of Ferguson Road with steep climb to road level. Causes hikers to appear on the road without warning to motorists.
  • Poorly defined trail corridor through open fields. Blazes recently updated in this area to improve trail, but no exact trail path is defined.

The reroute was approved in January 2006 and will result in a THIRD major trailhead location for Perry Lake Trail, with ample parking near the trailhead and easy access off Ferguson Road. Since prime hiking season occurs in the fall, winter and early spring, the boat ramp parking area is only lightly used at this time and will provide plenty of parking spaces for hikers.

On January 21, 2006 work began with KTC volunteers clearing the corridor from Ferguson Road to the west where the trail rejoins existing trail. Work on trail to the east of Ferguson Road will continue throughout the first quarter of this year.

Reroute projects include:

  • Marking paint blazes along the new path and removing blazes along the original abandoned corridor.
  • Prep work of trail tread on sloped ground
  • Removal of tree stumps and low limbs
  • Installing pavestones/steps in ditches where the trail crosses Ferguson Road and the boat ramp access road.
  • Installing a trailhead kiosk with trail map, trail mileages and contact info.

The map below shows the entire reroute (in yellow), existing trail (in brown), locations where reroute joins existing trail and location where reroute crosses roads:


More info on this reroute coming soon!
 

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