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Ribbon cutting for trail set for April 8

PEDRO — A new trail at Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area will give hikers a view of several rock formations.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. April 8 for the Balancing Rock Trail, Carol Boll, the recreation team leader for the Ironton District of Wayne National Forest, said.

Boll said the four-mile trail is part new, and partly comprised from the older horse trail at the park.

“It goes south of Lake Vesuvius, and we’ve rerouted it to go below the cliff line, where you can see beautiful rock formations. Some are balancing rocks, some are pedestal rocks and there are rock walls. These are 52 to 100 feet tall rocks,” she said.

Boll said representatives for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, and the Lawrence County Commission will be on hand for the ceremony, where attendees will be invited to walk the trail.

Boll said that the first quarter-mile of the trail is uphill, but that, for the opening day, transportation will be available to the top so that people can view the rock formations.

About 600 volunteers worked to get the trail ready, Boll said. The public is invited to come out and meet the equestrian community and others who made the trail possible.

“A lot of sweat went into it,” she said. “It’s something that will bring a lot of tourists to our local economy.”

Refreshments will be served at the event. People are advised to dress appropriately for weather conditions and hiking.