Bedford Co. hikers to get big boost as master trail connectivity study gains steam

18 January 2024- Rep. Jesse Topper (R-Bedford/Fulton) and Sen. Patrick Stefano (R- Bedford/Fayette/Somerset/Westmoreland) announced grant funding through the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to improve recreational trails in Bedford County.

“Bedford County is home to outdoor recreational opportunities that will be more accessible through an improved trail system,” Topper said. “As ecotourism continues to grow, this will bring additional tourism dollars to our area.”

The $84,651 grant is earmarked for the Bedford County Development Association to complete a master trail connectivity study. The funding is through the Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program, which helps to fund projects that involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails and river conservation.

“Not only do our local trails provide fun opportunities for families of the area to be more active and share healthy habits with their children, they also draw people from other parts of Pennsylvania and even other states who patronize our businesses,” Stefano said. “I look forward to sharing the wonder around us and enjoying the economic benefit that comes from doing so.”

The Commonwealth Financing Authority, an independent agency of the Department of Community and Economic Development, oversees state investment in projects that support and enhance Pennsylvania’s economic growth.