The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 5, 2013

Trail use no walk in the park

Users cope with 6-8 inches of snow

By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — There’s nothing like taking that walk or jog in the cold winter air to feel alive, but be careful if your trek is on the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.

The popular recreation path is now under anywhere from 6 to 8 inches of snow, depending on where along the nine-mile trail you are.

It also is not treated, groomed or plowed of snow, said East Buffalo Township Supervisor James Buck, also is a member of the Rail Trail committee.

But it does remain open from dawn to dusk, as usual, and people are welcome to use it. “People have been out there,” Buck said, noting the footprints large and small in the snow.

There are no specific warnings about using the trail in icy or snowy circumstances, but users should take precautions for such conditions whether for a run, a snowshoe or a cross-country ski.

The two permanent restroom facilities on either end in Mifflinburg and Lewisburg are closed, Buck said. Their use is way down during the winter and doesn’t justify heating them, he said. However, there are Porta-Johns provided for trail users right now.