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McQueen's Island Trail Closed Due To Erosion

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CHATHAM COUNTY, GA -

If you were planning to jog the "McQueen's Island Trail" to burn-off those holiday calories, you'll have to find another spot. 

Chatham County authorities have closed the well-traveled trail because of erosion.  The county says more than half of it, which runs parallel to Highway 80, is simply too dangerous for people to use.

Gaping holes in the trail are the reason 3.2 miles of the 6 mile trail are now off limits, although much of the Eastern side is still open.   

Michelle Daniels of the group "Save Our Rails to Trails" has been raising money to help county leaders save it. 

"It's truly upsetting.  I'm having to fight tears right now," said Daniels.  "We don't want to see it go away.  It's valuable.  It's historic. We love it." 

"It is a shame.  It's a great trail for walkers and runners and bikers," said Mike Weinstein of Fort Pulaski. 

Weinstein says the McQueen's Island Trail is fighting a constant battle.  The county restored the trail in 2009.  But here we find it again falling victim to erosion from the high tide.  

"Basically when we get high winds out of the North East it blows the river right into the old rail road bed," said Weinstein.  "And it does that because there's nothing here strong enough to hold it steady." 

County leaders tell us plans are in the works to fix the trail.  But there's no word on what they are at this time.  They hope to start work early next year. 

Daniels says she's hopeful it'll be restored, but skeptical. 

"We've done pretty much all we can do as citizens.  And the county owns this trail and we're having to hope and trust them to do the right thing," she said.    

Save Our Rails to Trails will be hosting the "Ledesma Sports Medicine Ultra Marathon" January 11th at Fort Pulaski.  We're told all proceeds will go to helping restore the McQueen's Island Trail. 

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