Connector trail has relocated

Date: December 4, 2018

 

As the result of several weather delays, the connector trail that currently provides access to Musser’s Gap across Whitehall Road Regional Park and other private lands relocated last week. 

At this time, the portion of connector trail around the Whitehall Road Regional Park will now pass through the park’s woods, and trail users will reconnect to the current trail on the south side of the woods — keeping hikers and dog walkers away from any construction.  There will be temporary signage in place as well as trail blazes to help users find their way on the new trail. 

In the near future, a portion of the connector trail near Whitehall Road will relocate approximately 50 feet to the west to accommodate construction in the area, which will eliminate any on-site parking.

When Centre Region Parks and Recreation (CRPR) has that timeline, the agency will share that information with the public. Because this connector trail is popular with walkers and hikers, it is Ferguson Township's and CRPR's goal to keep it open during construction. 

When parking is no longer available at the trailhead, there will be other parking options nearby.  Trail users will be able to: 

1) Park at High Point Park (855 Whitehall Road), use the sidewalk on the north side of the street, and cross over Whitehall Road to access the trail;
2) Park at the State College Alliance Church (1221 W. Whitehall Road) and cross over Whitehall Road to access the trail; or
3) Use the Musser’s Gap Trailhead Parking Lot (off Route 45).

The State College Alliance Church has graciously offered its lower parking lot for use by any trail users.  The church staff recommend parking lot use after 4 pm on weekdays, anytime on Saturdays, and after 2 pm on Sundays  Church staff respectfully ask trailer users not to block the portion of parking lot area that is painted as an outdoor basketball court. 

Please remember that High Point Park is owned by the State College Borough. The park is open from dawn to dusk; no overnight parking is permitted. 

Please use great caution crossing Whitehall Road, where traffic can be heavy at times. 

As construction continues and trail conditions change, Centre Region Parks and Recreation and Ferguson Township will continue to keep the general public up-to-date.   

Learn more about the Musser Gap Trail