As of Friday, June 8, 2012
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Staff Photo: John Bohn Amy Leiner and Dave Berry of Dacula, walk on the Karina Miller Nature Preserve Loop, located at Little Mulberry Park in Dacula on Thursday. The trail loop has recently been named a National Recreation Trail.
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.