From Staff Reports
Longview’s growing trails are a feature of its parks system that provides recreation and transportation options throughout the city. Each provides varying amenities and terrains.
Long-term plans for the system calls for a loop with extensions covering much of the city and encompassing all or portions of the city’s existing trail system and new trail structure now under construction.
The trail system is being developed under a master plan completed in 2009. Since then, existing sections of Akin and Guthrie trails were reconstructed with concrete, and Boorman Trail was completed. Ongoing work to connect the existing trails now is focused on extension of Guthrie Trail.
Just-completed Phase 1 connects Cargill Long Trail at Fourth Street to Akin Trail at Delwood Drive.
Phase 2 will connect Akin Trail at Eden Drive south and west to Guthrie Trail at Johnston Street. An underpass will be constructed for the path to pass beneath Judson Road, and it will follow the north side of the creek from Nanny Goat’s Cafe & Feed Bin. Construction is expected to begin next spring, with completion by fall of 2021.
Phase 3 will connect Guthrie Trail at McCann Road — where another underpass will be built — to Boorman Trail near West Marshall Avenue. As with Phase 2, final design is anticipated this fall, but construction would begin in spring 2020. It also is scheduled for completion by fall of 2021.
Here’s a look at the city’s trails:
Akin Trail: Surrounding a newly improved play structure, this trail allows families the best of both worlds. Length: 0.75 miles. Amenities: drinking fountain, shaded pavilion, and play features.
Boorman Trail: This trail, named after a long-serving city employee, is one of the longest walking trails in the city. It runs through the Grace Creek corridor, including Lois Jackson Park, where you’ll find a playground and picnic areas. Length: 3.0 miles. Amenities: drinking fountains, fitness equipment, and a restroom
Cargill Long Trail: The trail follows an old rail bed along a wooded corridor among suburban neighborhoods and parks. The trail is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and lighted between Fourth Street and Hollybrook. You’ll also find a pavilion, picnic tables, playground, restrooms (between Hughey Drive and Le Duke Boulevard), drinking fountains, benches and exercise stations. Length: 3.0 miles. Amenities: drinking fountain and restroom
Guthrie Trail: This trail surrounds the expanding Guthrie Park and Rotary Park. Length: 1.25 miles. Amenities: disc golf course and picnic area
Julieanna Trail: Surrounding Julieanna Park, Ward Park and McWhorter Park, this trail is perfect for a quick walk. Length: 0.75 miles. Amenities: drinking fountains, picnic area, and play features.
About those numbers
The mile markers on the Boorman Trail are embedded into the concrete trail every quarter of a mile and show the distance from the end of the trail in the direction you are traveling. Whether you start at Summers Drive in the north, or U.S. 80 in the south, the mile marker says zero. The next marker you see says 1/4, and so on every quarter of a mile until you get to the other end of the trail, when you pass the 2.75 mile marker. When you turn around, you’re at zero again.
What about those signs on poles along the trail? Those are 911 markers for Longview police and fire. They are labeled PB-1 through PB-12 and are tied to the city’s GPS because the trail is too long to have a official address. They are approximately 1/4 of a mile apart, but are not mileage markers. In case of an emergency, please make note of your nearest 911 mile marker to alert first responders.