The first phase of the proposed $4 million 15-mile hiking/biking trail between the villages of Williamsburg and Batavia is now underway.
Phase one consists of the engineering and design work for the first part of the trail that will connect Williamsburg to the East Fork State Park Campground.
According to Clermont Park District District Director Chris Clingman, partial funding for the trail has been secured through a $240,000 Federal Highway Administration Improvement grant and an additional $85,000 has been received from Ohio’s capital improvement budget.
“We are seeking additional grant funds,” he said. “But local matching funds will be needed to secure more grants.”
When completed, the trail will encompass the village of Williamsburg, the East Fork State Park campground, the William Harsha Lake Visitor Center, Batavia village, and the Batavia Sycamore Park.
Clingman said that the trail will use abandoned and emergency access roads left over from the construction of the East Fork State park; the trail will climb up and down many hills, providing spectacular views of Clermont County.
The many cooperating agencies and entities committed to seeing the trail come to fruition include the Clermont County Park District, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions of Wildlife and State Parks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Harsha Lake, the villages of Batavia and Williamsburg (including both townships), and the county.
Donations for the trail can be made to the Clermont County Park District or to the Clermont County Park District Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
For more information on the proposed trail or to donate, contact Chris Clingman at (513) 732-2977.