Hercules donates land to Hattiesburg for Rails to Trails

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Long Leaf Trace will soon have a new artery connecting it to a Hattiesburg street thanks to a land donation from Hercules.

The half acre parcel of land near Rawls Ave. and West 5th St. will enable the trace to be extended 330 feet to West 5th. This will fill the gap in the trails system which will provide access to downtown.

Trace users soon will be able to walk or bike from downtown to the zoo and from USM to Chain Park.

The donated land at one time was a tie-in for the Hercules rail spur connecting the plant to the Mississippi Central Railway.

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