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J'ville Rails-to-Trails - IHO Ranger TJ
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We placed this cache in honor of a team that has done so much for the caching community here in Jacksonville. We moved here a year ago and Ranger was so nice, kind and very welcoming to us. We really appreciate seeing your smiley face out on the trails. Thank you for everything you do.
We both love the rails-to-trails projects we have found along our quest for geocaching routes. So we were quite estatic when we saw this one being built up when we moved here. This trail is perfect for a bike ride, a walk or a run and is paved the entire way.
Jacksonville marked the start of an ambitious program December 13, 2008 when it officially launched a rails-to-trails conservancy that connects with the Camp Lejeune Marine Base. It is part of a 172-mile trails plan.
The five-mile trail - the first phase of a proposed 172-mile, citywide trail network - converts old railroad tracks into pedestrian- and bike-friendly paths.
Built on old railroad routes, the project’s first phase consists of a 5.2-mile trail along Marine Boulevard, continuing down Bell Fork Road and over Lejeune Boulevard, stopping at Camp Lejeune’s main gate.
Subsequent phases will continue the trail onto the Marine base, which donated 54 miles of its own paths to the trails system. Congressional authorization was needed to transfer 50 acres to the trails system. North Carolina Rails-to-Trails began working with Jacksonville and Onslow County in 1990.
The portion of the trail that runs parallel to Lejeune Boulevard is technically base property, but pedestrians do not need to have base privileges to use it. Pedestrians using the trail are
asked not to enter Camp Lejeune's family housing areas.
Pedestrians using the pathway are asked to stay on the trail at all times.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:38:59 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:38 PM GMT)
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