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Park trail gains national prestige

In this 2012 file photo, Amy Leiner and Dave Berry walk on the Karina Miller Nature Preserve Loop, located at Little Mulberry Park.

In this 2012 file photo, Amy Leiner and Dave Berry walk on the Karina Miller Nature Preserve Loop, located at Little Mulberry Park.

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Staff Photo: John Bohn Teresa Cantrell of Dacula, walks her dogs on the Karina Miller Nature Preserve Loop, located at Little Mulberry Park in Dacula. Cantrell regularly walks on the nature preserve loop that has recently been named a National Recreation Trail. Cantrell also held a position on the steering committee, working on the planning of the loop.

DACULA -- A Gwinnett trail now has a national distinction.

The Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail at Little Mulberry Park outside of Dacula was designated a National Recreation Trail a week ago.

The trek, which leads suburbanites into a tranquil nature scene, joins a National Park System series of 1,400 miles of trails in 23 states, bringing increased visibility and prestige, county officials said.

"We are very excited to be a part of the National Trails System and appreciate this designation from the National Park Service," Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said. "Little Mulberry Park is an asset to our local parks system, and the Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail provides a wonderful opportunity for residents to enjoy Gwinnett County's natural landscape."

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis made the announcement a few days before National Trails Day on June 2.

The honor, a Gwinnett Parks spokeswoman said, comes with eiligibility for federal cost-sharing programs and some state funding programs, a listing on AmericanTrails.org and entry into a National Recreation Trail Photo Contest.

One of Gwinnett's largest passive parks, Little Mulberry Park encompasses 890 acres and includes 5 miles of paved multi-purpose and soft surface trails for equestrian and hiking. The Karina Miller Preserve Loop Trail can be found near the Hog Mountain Road entrance and surrounds a lake.

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Susan 2 years, 1 month ago

Of all the Gwinnett parks I've visited, Little Mulberry Park has always been my favorite, so in view of my experiences there, this honor is well-deserved. Congratulations to GCPR for another big accomplishment.

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BufordGuy 2 years, 1 month ago

Wow. Great, another feather in the cap of Gwinnett County government to flaunt in front of all the other county governments around here. Now, what did that do to make my life any better or to help our faultering economy? Oh, yeah, NOTHING. Are the feds going to help pay the maintenance costs of the park so my taxes don't have to go up???

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Taz 2 years, 1 month ago

Well deserved recognition for one of Gwinnett's nicest parks!

Strange how the subject of public parks, and the cost thereof, seems to anger some people. It's probably the only (and minuscule) part of our taxes that is well spent; public parks trigger healthier lifestyles and the resulting reduced healthcare cost (in tax-money) will more than return the investment... And that's just the financial benefit...

I'm rarely the first to give any level of government a pat on the back but the parks in Gwinnett County are excellent.

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