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Nacogdoches to open northern extension of LaNana Creek Trail

The northern extension of LaNana Creek Trail in Nacogdoches now takes travelers all the way to the north loop 224. (Source: KTRE Staff) The northern extension of LaNana Creek Trail in Nacogdoches now takes travelers all the way to the north loop 224. (Source: KTRE Staff)
A trail walk this Saturday will introduce hikers, runners, and cyclists to the long awaited extension. (Source: KTRE Staff) A trail walk this Saturday will introduce hikers, runners, and cyclists to the long awaited extension. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The trail extension carries on the legacy of the original trailblazer of Nacogdoches. Dr. Ab Abernethy. (Source: KTRE Staff) The trail extension carries on the legacy of the original trailblazer of Nacogdoches. Dr. Ab Abernethy. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Clayton Collier, chair of LaNana and Banita Creek Trail Project says volunteers share Dr. Ab’s enthusiasm to create and maintain the Nacogdoches trail system. (Source: KTRE Staff) Clayton Collier, chair of LaNana and Banita Creek Trail Project says volunteers share Dr. Ab’s enthusiasm to create and maintain the Nacogdoches trail system. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

No forecast of rain will stop the introduction of the newest extension of the LaNana Creek Trail in Nacogdoches.

The Saturday event called Blazing a New Trail for Ab marks the introduction of a long awaited trail extension.

The original trailblazer of Nacogdoches, Dr. Ab Abernethy passed away this year. His legacy lives on thanks to volunteers who share his enthusiasm for establishing and maintaining trails along both creeks in Nacogdoches.

"I think we could definitely clear out some of the underbrush and get some secondary trails coming through here, but it's looking good back here,” said Clayton Collier, the chair of the LaNana and Banita Creek Trail Project.

Collier walked on the newest trail extension from East Austin to the north Loop 224.

"This is a really part of the trail. You're removed from traffic,” Collier said. “We have big native trees lining the banks of LaNana Creek and this part of the trail you're buffered by woods on both sides."

The majority of the north LaNana Creek trail extension takes travelers through a pasture once used to run cattle. The flood plain is now owned by the city. Other land was generously donated.  Volunteers and city ground workers made it all accessible.

"We would like to cut some secondary trails through the forested areas and then also plant trees along our trail in areas that seem to be a little bit too open,” Collier said.

The extension was one of Abernethy’s long held ideas. Years ago, a grant paid for a sidewalk under the Austin Street bridge. About five years ago, Eagle Scout Forrest Luman built a wooden bridge. Both led to nowhere, until recently when volunteers jump started the project, Blazing a New Trail for Ab.

"In fact, I was part of an Eagle Project almost 30 years ago on the LaNana Creek Trail in probably the beginning of the trail,” said Wes Jensen, Ab’s Park chair. It's all community donations. It's all volunteer work. It's really been a joy to work on."

Just a few steps away from busy streets, a person can escape to the beauty of East Texas and travel from one end of Nacogdoches to another.  

The north extension of LaNana Creek Trail can be picked up at the East Austin Street bridge.
Saturday morning beginning at 8, volunteers will have information tents and free water as a welcome to the trail.

You may park at the post office or at the shopping center just east of the trail.

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