Brenda Hodge of York Township, who runs nearly every day, passes a York County work crew trimming overhanging limbs along the York County Heritage Rail
Brenda Hodge of York Township, who runs nearly every day, passes a York County work crew trimming overhanging limbs along the York County Heritage Rail Trail on Tuesday. Hodge says she is impressed with the work the crews have done to repair the severe winter damage along the trail. (Bil Bowden photo)

A few weeks after the reopening of the York County Heritage Rail Trail, crews are still in the process of beautifying the trail. The 21-mile route is passable and rideable in most areas, said Tammy Klunk, the county's parks director.

With most large tree limbs off the trail itself, the focus is now to rid the trail of smaller debris. Klunk said crews have been using a bucket truck to clear the trail of hanging tree limbs.

Klunk said she's also spotted community efforts to clear smaller sections of the trail. At a section of trail near Regents' Glen, Klunk found two bamboo rakes with a sign that said "Rake it forward," where volunteers can rake portions of the trail.

That's not a park initiative, Klunk said, but it does speak to the ownership community members take in the upkeep of the trail.

For those walkers, joggers or bikers who have yet to venture to the trail this spring, Klunk said to expect business as usual in the coming weeks.

"You're going to find it almost back to normal," she said.