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Downtown Johnstown, Inc. received funding from the Mary E. Babcock Foundation. Their generous donation allowed for removing the old worn out pavement with a new, thicker layer of blacktop. The funding also allowed for an expanded 20 space parking lot for the many visitors to the trailhead and bike path.
Funding for the landscaping part of the project was provided by the Johnstown Area Community Foundation.
Per an agreement with the Licking County Park District, the Village of Johnstown will continue to maintain and care for the Johnstown Trailhead and bike path that is within their corporation limits.
The Trailhead and Bike Path in Johnstown is part of the T.J. Evans Recreational Trail. If you start the asphalt paved trail in Johnstown you can travel 14 miles through much of Licking County, including the city of Newark. This bike path was once part of the Penn Central Railroad. It was also known as the New York Central/Toledo & Ohio Central Railroad. The path includes historical markers along the route.
Much of the Johnstown section of the bike path is covered with an abundance of foliage. It has been described as riding through a long, green tunnel. The gradual descent from Johnstown to Newark allows bikers to enjoy an almost effortless ride. Those coming from the other direction may notice they need a bit more energy to make it into Johnstown.
For more information on Licking County Parks, Paths & Trails visit www.lickingparkdistrict.com.