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Newton Trails hosts walk to celebrate start of summer

COVINGTON — The first official day of summer is just around the corner, and Newton Trails is celebrating by inviting local residents to come outside for a walk.

On June 21 at 10 a.m., walkers will meet in Chimney Park to stroll through the Eastside Trail for this year’s second Community Trails Walk. Newton Trails board member Sarah Vinson said that a previous Community Trails Walk was held this spring, which had about 25 people attending.

“We’d like to start making it a monthly thing,” said Vinson.

The Eastside Trail, which is Newton County’s newest multipurpose greenway trail, runs a total of 2.5 miles, and extends from the Newton County Public Library to Eastside High. The Community Trails Walk will begin at Chimney Park and will meander to Eastside High. After making it to the high school, the walkers will then turn around and head back to Chimney Park.

According to the Newton Trails website, the Eastside Trail opened early last year and features 10-foot-wide concrete paths that begin off Ramsey Drive, immediately west of the library. Four wooden boardwalks and a tunnel underneath Covington Bypass Road are some of the trail’s features, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to avoid vehicle traffic and deep dips in the terrain.

Free parking for the Community Trails Walk will be available at the Newton County Health Center, which is located in front of Chimney Park. Newton Trails can be reached at 770-787-9080.