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Trek the Trails at LeHigh

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Bikers enjoy the scenery from one of the various rest areas on the LeHigh Portland Trails.

Bikers enjoy the scenery from one of the various rest areas on the LeHigh Portland Trails.

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Bikers enjoy the scenery from one of the various rest areas on the LeHigh Portland Trails.

Austin George, Features Editor

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Nature is a big part of everyone’s lives. Whether going for a run or wanting to relax on a bike ride, people want to find the best spot that will accommodate their interests.

The LeHigh Trails on the south edge of Iola are the perfect destination for the Sunday jogger or the thrill-seeking mountain biker. LeHigh Trails were built with volunteers from Thrive Allen County. The trails are on the site of a former cement plant and quarry, along the banks of Elm Creek.

Sami Sabrah, sophomore at Allen Community College, encourages students to check out the trails for themselves.

“It’s a great way to get out in nature and enjoy the view of the water,” Sabrah said.

There are several trails spanning about ten miles throughout the woods around the lake. The trails aren’t just for running; they also accommodate bicycles if one is interested in taking on the challenge.

Volunteers also built several benches and rest areas throughout the trails. Therefore, if hikers and bikers get tired, they can rest and look at the beautiful scenery.

Junior Galvan, sophomore at the college, enjoys hanging out with friends at the lake.

“They set it up perfectly so we can barbecue and hang around,” said Galvan.

Unfortunately, the public cannot swim at the lake.

 

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Austin George, Features Editor
Austin George, Allen Community College sophomore and the sole returning staffer for The Allen Flame, grew up approximately an hour and twenty minutes from here in the suburban area of Gardner, Kan. As a child, he resided with his mother and father, alongside his brother and sister, finding himself to be the middle child. He...
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