It’s never too late to get into shape on the trails in Warren County
By Lisa Card
Being a lifelong resident of Warren County, I thought that I knew every corner of it. I was soooo wrong!
I have always enjoyed taking leisurely walks around the county, especially in the woods, but I had never truly payed attention to all of my options. With Warren County being surrounded by the Allegheny National Forest, there are many.
Image: Autumn splendor in the Allegheny National Forest
I think there are many like me who may not be in prime physical condition. I am not getting any younger and am now feeling a good many muscles that I didn’t know that I had before!
I have made it my personal goal to check out all of the trails that our area has to offer, after all, how can I give someone coming into the Warren County Visitors Bureau good advice if I am not very familiar with them?
Some trails require higher endurance that I and many others are not ready for yet. There are many trails that are on flat land and don’t require too much physical endurance.
A good example of a lower-endurance trail would be the short loop at Hearts Content, the trails at Chapman State Park, or the bike trail that runs through North Warren off of Route 62. There is also a simple walking trail in Warren’s Crescent Park.
I have recently tried the Rimrock Trail and the Morrison Trail as well. The Rimrock Trail wasn’t too bad, but I would recommend starting at the Kinzua Beach end of the trail to avoid the return walk being uphill. Live and learn!
Image: Rimrock Trail in Allegheny National Forest, photo by Olivia Blackmore
The Morrison Trail offered beautiful views as did the Rimrock Trail but it was much longer. I wasn’t quite ready to walk the entire short loop of Morrison which would have been nearly 6 miles. I walked about 1 hour and 45 minutes in to the trail and then another 1 hour and 45 minutes back. That’s not to bad for myself anyway.
Image: The view from Rimrock Overlook
I am hoping to build my endurance even though I can’t turn back the clock to a time when it would of been much easier to do. I can however, do my best to stay in shape and enjoy all of the beauty that Warren County has to offer in the process.
About the author, Lisa Card:
Lisa is the seventh generation in her family to reside in Warren County, and she continues to see the reasons that her forefathers chose Warren County to call home. Lisa resides in Warren with her husband of 29 years, Mike, and two children Michael and Ella. She grew up floating on inner tubes down the Allegheny River and exploring nature in the Allegheny National Forest. Her hobbies include taking walks with her husband on the many trails in Warren County, driving the many country roads, learning about the history of Warren County, and sharing her knowledge of genealogy whether it be teaching a class at Warren Forest Hi-Ed, or sharing research tips with friends. Lisa also enjoys taking photos of the beautiful nature that Warren County offers. Lisa is the Administrative Assistant at the Warren County Visitors Bureau where she can share with visitors the reasons why she feels that Warren County is one of the best places on earth. Lisa loves her job and the joy that she feels sharing her enthusiasm for all that Warren County has to offer.
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