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WAHOO TRAILS

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5c338eaf40e94Lake Wanahoo Trail - Phase 2 provides connectivity from the City to Lake Wanahoo
Lake Wanahoo Trail - Phase 2 provides connectivity from the City to Lake Wanahoo

The City of Wahoo has completed three trail projects which total nearly 2.5 miles of dedicated trail corridors.  Click here to download a map of the trail routes currently available in Wahoo.  Reference the information below for specific details about each piece of Wahoo's trail system.

Maple St. North

Completed in 2017, the Maple St. North trail establishes the northern 'spine' of Wahoo's trail network.  The trail is approx. 3,600 feet (.68 miles) and utilizes the Maple Street corridor.  The 10' wide concrete trail connects the Wahoo Library on the south to Placek Park on the north.

Lake Wanahoo - Phase 1

Completed in 2009, the Lake Wanahoo Trail - Phase 1 is a 10' wide concrete trail that runs through Placek and Cooks Park on the north side of Wahoo.  The trail is approx. 1,400 feet (.27 miles).

Lake Wanahoo - Phase 2

Completed in 2016, the Lake Wanahoo Trail - Phase 2 is currently the largest piece of Wahoo's trail system and provides important connectivity from the northern city limits of Wahoo to the Lake Wanahoo State Recreation Area.  This trail section begins at the north edge of Cook's Park and closely follows the meanderings of Sand Creek.  On the northern edge of the trail users can safely access the Lake Wanahoo trail system via a box culvert that runs underneath the four-lane Highway 77 Expressway.  This piece of Wahoo's trail system is approx. 7,200 feet in length (1.4 miles) and has a 10' wide crushed limestone surface.  There are three small picnic shelters and two benches along the length of the trail.  Click here for a trail map showing locations of shelters and trail markers.

WAHOO TRAIL REGULATIONS

  • All Wahoo trails are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
  • All Wahoo trails are for non-motorized uses only.  Motorized wheelchairs are permitted.
  • The possession and/or consumption of alcohol and/or drugs within the trail corridor is prohibited.
  • Littering within the trail corridor is prohibited.
  • All pets must be on a leash.

WAHOO TRAIL ETIQUETTE

  • Be Aware of Traffic:  Stop and look for traffic at all intersections before proceeding on trail.  Groups of pedestrians and bicyclists should form a single-file line.
  • Speed & Control:  Adjust speed for trail conditions and other users.  Safe and appropriate speeds will be lower in congested areas, when visibility is limited, and around curves.  Be especially careful while passing pedestrians.
  • Communicate Before Passing:  It’s important to let other trail users know when you are approaching from behind.  Whether on bikes or running, say, “Passing on your left.”  Give others plenty of time to respond.
  • Share The Trail:  Step off the trail when you need to stop or when talking with friends.  Don’t block the path for other users.
  • Right Of Way:  Bikers yield to pedestrians and all other users.  Keep to the right and pass on the left.  Check behind you before changing positions on the trail.
  • Pet Owners: Keep pets on short leashes and under control.  The best place for pets is on the right shoulder of the trail, next to their owner.  Clean up after your pet.  There are several pet waste stations located along Wahoo's trail system for trail users to access pet waste bags and trash receptacles.
  • Don’t Litter:  Respect the trail environment.  Don’t litter, disturb, or graffiti the trail or surroundings.
  • Be Courteous:  Be especially alert to users with special needs.  Respect others regardless of their mode of travel.  Don’t trespass or cut through adjacent private properties or yards.

WAHOO MASTER TRAIL PLAN & MAP

Trails offer numerous aesthetic and recreational opportunities, as well as commuter options for traveling to and from destinations in Wahoo.  Residents who desire to bicycle or walk to work or school, go for a family bicycle ride to the park, library, or aquatic center will benefit from safe, connecting trails.  Trails often help raise property values, provide common space for social interactions, improve overall community safety, and encourage healthy lifestyles.  They can also improve over-use conditions in sensitive environmental areas when designed properly.

A high-quality trail system is a marker of a community that is truly great to live, work, and play in.  The Wahoo Master Plan (referred to as the Plan) uses the term ‘trail’ to describe shared use paths, multi-use trails, and hiking pedestrian paths designed for non-motorized usage.  Trail users may include but are not limited to: bicyclists, non-motorized scooters, in-line skaters, users of other wheeled devices like Segways or electric assist-bicycles, roller skaters, wheelchair users (both non-motorized and motorized), walkers, and runners.

Wahoo has many opportunities to develop a quality trail system.  There are opportunities to create a unique trail system on abandoned railway corridors and to develop trails as Wahoo continues to grow.  As part of the development of the Plan, several components were analyzed including potential trail corridors, connecting points, destination locations, and future residential and commercial growth areas.  The Plan calls for creating connections between schools, public facilities, local neighborhoods, parks, and the downtown business district in Wahoo as well as Lake Wanahoo.  The possibilities for trail development and growth are tremendous.

Click here to view the current Wahoo Master Trails System map.

BENEFITS OF TRAILS:

Recreational Value and Health Benefits
The recreational value of trails are often their foremost attraction.  In addition to the entertainment values of recreation, there is a significant health and fitness benefit as most recreation activities on trails involve exercise.  This health benefit accrues to the individual, and, in the form of reduced health-care costs, to society as well.

Transportation Enhancement and Safety Benefits
Serving as transportation corridors, trails encourage pedestrian and bicycle commuting as an alternative to automobile commuting, thus reducing traffic and congestion on roads, and reducing fuel consumption and its associated pollution.  Again, there is a health benefit in choosing this mode of transportation.  Safety is another community benefit where designated pedestrian and bicycle paths provide an opportunity to separate human-powered commuters from automobiles.

Economic Benefits
Recreational, educational, historical and cultural sites, museums, and trails attract tourists.  This brings a direct economic benefit to local restaurants, hotels, and service stations as tourists spend dollars on food, lodging, and gasoline.  Equipment and clothing vendors, and other commercial establishments may move into the area to serve the population attracted by a trail.  For example, in a 1992 study, the National Park Service estimated the average economic activity associated with three multi-purpose trails in Florida, California and Iowa was $1.5 million annually.

There are economic benefits derived directly from the development and operation of trails.  Direct benefits include employment created and money spent on trails.  Indirect benefits include the savings to community taxpayers when comparing the expense of trails to the expense of developing, operating and maintaining other types of public recreational facilities.

Communities with trails often benefit in terms of improvements in corporate relocation and retention rates, since quality of life is an important factor in choosing sites for business and industry.

And last, but not least, there is an economic benefit as property values increase due to proximity to green space and increased overall community livability.

Environmental Benefits
Trails and greenways can play an important role in improving water quality and mitigating flood damage.  Greenways preserve critical open space that provides natural buffer zones to protect streams, rivers and lakes from pollution run-off caused by fertilizer and pesticide use on yards and farms.  They can also serve as flood plains that absorb excess water and mitigate damage caused by floods.  Such conservation efforts make good sense, because they save communities money in the long run.

Preserving Our History and Culture
Trails have the power to connect us to our heritage by preserving historic places and by providing access to them.  They can give people a sense of place and an understanding of the enormity of past events, such as Indian trails and vast battlefields.  Trails and greenways draw the public to historic sites.  Other trails preserve transportation corridors.  Rail-trails along historic rail corridors provide a glance at the importance of this mode of transportation.