New creative touches include reuse of cobblestones on the corners of trail switchbacks.
Ned Smith lands and trails encompass over 500 acres and are open to the public

Better, Safter Trails in Dauphin County

Newsletter Feature - February 2014

Each month learn about a local project being funded through the Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant Program that is helping to build the Greenway and connect people to the Susquehanna River. The program is funded in part by the PA Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources.

The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is nestled within 500+ acres of forested lands near Millersburg. Thanks to funding support from a Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant, visitors can now enjoy improved trails as they explore the very outdoors that inspired Ned Smith to create his legacy of wildlife artwork.

The Centre completed new trail grading and other enhancements to protect the trails from erosion and the Wiconisco Creek from sediment pollution. According to Steve Quigley, Executive Director of the Center, the trail improvements have already proven effective. “As soon as the work had completed we experienced two heavy rains. Normally we would see real damage to the trails after one of these storms. The newly improved grading and resurfacing work held up perfectly,” says Quigley.

The Center plans to extend the same design principles from this project to the rest of the trails throughout the 500 acre property.

The Ned Smith land and trails are open to the public at no charge. See a trail map and more information here.

To learn more about the Center, visit