Shared by IRPO–City of Marion Holds Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of Improved Peavine Trail

The Marion City Council held a ribbon cutting and grand opening for the recently improved Peavine Trail on Friday, July 29 at 4:00 p.m.  The ribbon cutting took place at the trailhead on the State Street side of the Peavine Trail. An enthusiastic group of about 30 people participated in the ribbon cutting.

The City recently used a $4,500 donation from the McDowell Trails Association and City funds to install a new surface on the Peavine Trail.  The new surface is composed of fine gravel and sand and provides for a better surface on which to walk, run, or bike.

In 2010, the City of Marion acquired from Norfolk Southern Railway 33 acres of the old Peavine Rail Line right of way from State Street to just south of Jacktown Road, a distance of about 2.4 miles.  The trail currently extends for 1.5 miles from State Street to the trestle located behind Mi Pueblito Restaurant on Rutherford Road.  Barricades have been installed at both ends of this trestle, until such time as the trestle can be demolished or repaired, which will eventually allow the trail length to extend to the full 2.4 mile length.  The City is now seeking funding for a structural evaluation of the trestle.

The public is invited to visit the Peavine Trail during daylight hours to enjoy a pleasant walk, run or bike ride and beautiful scenery.

For further information about the Peavine Trail, please contact Planning and Development Director Heather Cotton at 828-652-3551 orhcotton@marionnc.org or City Manager Bob Boyette at 828-652-3551 or bboyette@marionnc.org.