, 2022-08-18 04:10:59,
- Chris Wilson recently formed Hilltop Trails volunteer group to work on mowing and weeding of paved paths at the former Hilltop Golf Course on Oho 83. It closed in 2016.
- The area has been home to the Coshocton Indian Mud Run adult obstacle course and a new disc golf course is being constructed.
- Wilson hopes the trails can be used by walkers, runners, local cross country teams, bird watchers and more.
- Short term goals are to get the paths ready for a 5K and 10K for the Apple Butter Stirrin’ Festival and fall and winter walking.
COSHOCTON − A new organization has formed with the goal of revitalizing walking paths at the former Hilltop Golf Course, owned by Lake Park.
Chris Wilson of the Hilltop Trails group said the paved paths have been dormant for years and are underneath several years of natural overgrowth of vegetation. He said they want to clean-up the area and create a walking path system on the scenic hill as a viable destination for outdoor fun and exploration for the community.
Currently, volunteers are being sought to help with the clearing of vegetation and mowing. Wilson said he plans to work on the site one or two days a week with the larger group coming together about once a month. He said they’ve cleared about three-quarters of a mile as proof of concept to the Lake Park board to show them what could be possible.
The area has been used for the Coshocton Indian Mud Run adult obstacle course and a new disc golf course, Eagle Ridge Disc Golf, is being created on the site as well. Hilltop Golf Course was founded as a nine-hole course in 1918 and closed in 2016. It’s located on Ohio 83 North across from Lake Park.
Wilson estimates there is about seven miles of former cart paths at the site. He first went to the site to help with the disc golf course and noticed the paved trails going to waste.
“As I walked back through the area, I realized they were all still there, they were just overgrown. Some are in pretty rough shape, but I would just like to have a better running and walking path, and possible bike path, that’s more challenging than at Lake Park,” Wilson said.
The vision is to provide a demanding, yet safe and scenic, path for runners and walkers while using the paved paths that already exist, Wilson said. They could also be used for training for local cross country teams and running clubs and host cross country invitationals. Wilson said currently the local school districts don’t have a challenging enough environment to host such events.
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