Rock Hollow Trail Location
I have wanted to post something here about the Rock Hollow Soft Trail location for a while, but some parts of the topic aren’t easy for me. I live with my grandparents on their property, one of those that the trail encroaches on. Before the leaves were on the trees, we could even see the trail.
The first thing I want to say is you need a better method of handling things when you make the mistake of putting a trail on someone’s property. A sign that says ‘Stop, trail ends here for now’ does nothing to deter the bikers. Even when survey tape and a log were put across the path, bikers just went around it. Apparently, they are used to checking out how far a trail has been built so far. So in the future, if a trail ends up unintentionally encroaching on people’s property, use a sign that says ‘Stop: Private Property’ or something similar. The ones who went down there to put up signs were clearly exhausted afterwards.
I don’t understand why the trail would be built right next to people’s property in the first place, when the park has plenty of room and there are already numerous trails in the area. (Al Foster, Rockwood Reservations, Babler State Park, Greensfelder County Park) Homeowners don’t appreciate the liability risks that come with having bikers and hikers coming near their property. Bikers and hikers don’t remain on the trail, which means they come further onto our properties.
My grandpa spends a couple hours a day on the porch, because he loves nature and enjoys the outdoors. It’s the main reason they purchased this property. Hearing people down there talking, hooting and hollering was annoying and frustrating to him. He was especially angry when he saw people coming further onto the property, and even more so when others were ‘relieving themselves’ in clear view of our porch. He doesn’t need this kind of stress. He was just diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic cancer. For one of his favorite things to instead become so distressing is the last thing he needs during such a difficult time.
Moving the trail over a few feet to no longer be on our property is not much of a solution. People leave the trail, meaning they will still trespass. And I doubt the bikers and hikers will want to stare at a bunch of ‘No Trespassing’ signs and purple marks on the trees to indicate private property. I never thought I’d have to worry about trespassers from what used to be a peaceful area for wildlife. The trail disturbs the wildlife, and there has been a notable increase in roadkill in the nearby area.
Another thing you may want to consider regarding this trail location is that the homeowners in the neighborhood all use septic tanks. Septic systems are far from perfect. If something goes wrong, that means overflow. Overflow can go past property markers. Is that really the sort of mess you want to be biking through?
Lastly, one homeowner noticed that an iron property marker that was placed during a survey, something legally indicating private property, was taken down and thrown aside during trail building. Do you realize that removing property markers is illegal in every state? Removing a property marker like that could mean you have to pay for a new survey, replacement marker, and attorney’s fees. Not exactly cheap. It’s your good fortune he hasn’t pursued that matter (at this time anyway.)
For those of you too lazy to read the entire thing, allow me to summarize.
- Rock Hollow Soft Trail goes on private property in several areas. This is illegal.
- Putting a sign up that said “Trail Ends Here For Now” did not keep people from using the illegal trail.
- There is no reason to put trails against property lines.
- The ordeal is extremely distressing for homeowners, one of whom is dying of cancer.
- Property owners and visitors can see you leaving the trail and coming further onto our property.
- We can see you using our property as a bathroom.
- There are trails everywhere in the Wildwood area. How many do you need?
- Constantly adding new trails disturbs wildlife, increasing roadkill. Poor Rocket Raccoon.
- We have septic tanks. If one overflows, that could easily end up on the trail.
- Taking down a private property markers is illegal. You could pay for new survey, replacement marker, and attorney fees. Not cheap.