RCC Trail Dedicated
A few years ago, health and economic visionaries imagined walking/biking trails throughout Rockingham County. Some trails, like several at Rockingham Community College, already existed. Others were proposed.
Today, over 17 miles of trails and greenways can be found throughout the county. Six surround RCC.
Thanks to a $27,500 grant from the Reidsville Area Foundation and work by volunteers from Rockingham Community College and the Dan River Basin Association, two and one-half miles of the original six miles of RCC trails have recently been restored and a kiosk has been built which will house trail information.
“This project is another example of how Rockingham Community College is partnering with other organizations to make our educational and recreational opportunities open to the public,” said RCC President, Dr. Michael Helmick. “We welcome the public to our campus and hope they enjoy the new trail system.”On March 2, in conjunction with the Dan River Basin Association, a formal dedication ceremony was held at 1 p.m. at the college and the trails were officially reopened.
“The RCC trails range from easy to difficult, will all be clearly marked and color coded, and will have informational plaques,” said Dr. Tony Gunn, RCC associate vice president for facilities and external affairs. “We are planning to build trail off-shoots that will provide exercise opportunities for those who want to walk shorter distances.”
Research conducted by the Dan River Basin Association shows that walking trails offer great benefits in terms of economic impact, property value, citizens’ health, tourism, transportation options, and cultural/historical awareness.
RCC staff will help maintain the trails.