Volunteers Pick Up Appleseed Trail

Community Cleanup sponsored by the Moraine Volunteer Program had two volunteer groups worked on different sections of the trails located within Pinnacle Park. Volunteers cut back tree limbs, weeds and bushes, added signage, repaired footbridges and removed fallen trees and trash.

Thank you to 17 volunteers who worked extremely hard to beautify the trails and making them accessible for all.

Four major trailheads were established for hikers to gain easy access from both housing subdivisions on either side of the park.

1. The .6 mile Johnny Appleseed Yellow Trail begins on the south side of the German Village Subdivision on Dorf Drive at the Johnny Appleseed Historical Marker site.

2. The Yellow Trail bends north and ends near the west entrance to Pinnacle Park located at Charlotte Mill Drive in the Heather Hills Subdivision.

3. The Pinnacle Park Tot Lot Blue Trail is a .1 mile spur that connects to the main Yellow Trail. The Pinnacle Park East Red Trail is a .15 mile spur that also connects to the main Yellow Trail.

4. New trailhead signs were designed, made and installed by City of Moraine and Moraine Street Division staff. Additional colored trail posts and colored symbols painted on trees along the trail were added so that hikers can easily follow the trails.

If you haven’t hiked, walked your dog or explored nature in the park, then hike the Johnny Appleseed Trail today! Wildlife in the park includes deer, turtles, rabbits, squirrels and snakes. In the creeks or under rocks look for frogs, salamanders and crayfish. Survey “Fossil Blvd,” for fossils on many of the rocks in the streams left behind by the glacier centuries ago.

Thank you to Montgomery County Solid Waste and Recycling Services who provided gloves and trash bags for the cleanup through their Great American Cleanup Program.