New bike trail officially opens after overcoming controversy [Newark Advocate]

Licking County officials gather to recognize the opening of the Buckeye Scenic Trail in Hebron Saturday. / Zach Gray/The Advocate
HEBRON — The latest component in Licking County’s network of bike trails officially opened Saturday, a project five years in the making that survived multiple legal hurdles and an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court.
Amid gray skies, rain drops and a shivering breeze — not exactly ideal biking conditions — a handful of county park employees and a few others christened the Buckeye Scenic Trail in a brief ceremony.
The 4.25-mile paved path runs south from Irving Wick Drive in Heath to U.S. 40 in Licking Township, ending across from Lakewood High School.
Officials praised the new addition to the more than 40 miles of trails already in Licking County.