Story and photos by Doug Harmon
Another section of the Dragon Trail is set to open. The trailhead starting at Operator’s Park south of Hardy Dam will soon be completed. The trail follows the pong heading east with the water in view for most of the section. Collaboration between Newaygo County Parks, Mecosta County Parks, Dragon Trail Committee and the Newaygo County Road Commission has ensured this section will be a simple degree of difficulty, easily accessible for wheelchairs,] and walkers.
The one mile section is wider than other sections to provide easier access. The Road Commission finished off the surface with Dolomite, a road making substance that will pack in like concrete and remain durable for years to come. Finishing the walkway requires the installation of a bridge which is on schedule to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
If you have not checked out the trail, this section allows for easy access and there is ample parking at Operator’s Park with restrooms, a swimming beach and picnic tables on site for a relaxing event.
Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Dragon Trail, Hardy Pond and what Newaygo County has to offer in our great outdoors.
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