Portion of Neal Smith Trail to Close Aug. 21.
A portion of the Neal Smith Biking and Hiking Trail will be closed for repair beginning Aug. 21. The trail will be closed from the Sycamore access to Morningstar Drive in Polk County, a distance of about three miles. Trail repair is expected to be completed in late October, depending on weather conditions.
A half-mile section of the trail has severe streambank erosion, undercutting the trail asphalt, and posing a user safety risk. The old trail will be removed and recycled as a base for the new trail. At the same time, contractors will stabilize the eroding streambank.
Due to the complete removal of the old trail and presence of heavy equipment, users should avoid this section of the Neal Smith Trail.