Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Owen Brown Trail Now Open

Submitted by a neighbor:

The Owen Brown Trail (let’s start calling it that, ok?), which connects El Prieto Road with Rising Hill Road and also leads to the gravesite of Owen Brown atop Little Round Top, is now legally open to the public for non-motorized recreational purposes. It had been closed off in 1999 by a wrought iron fence and gate.
The fence was physically removed over a year ago, and the “No Trespassing” signs at the top of El Prieto Road have now been removed as well. The general public has the right to hike or bike on the trail at any time, as the courts found that the route acquired an “implied-in-law public dedication” when Jason and Owen Brown first built it in the 1880s and the public used it as if it were a public road ever since.

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