Pine-Resin Walking Trails

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Trail Dedication

Creating a Path to Good Health

 There are approximately 2 miles of walking trials at the Potawot Health Village for the purpose of promoting good health and recreation. The trails are made from local rock (shale) and are bound using pine resin which was derived as a by-product of a mill. The surface is semi-impervious and does not contain petroleum products that would otherwise leach into the wetlands and eventually the groundwater. The trails were funded by the UIHS Diabetes Program as a way to encourage healthy lifestyles.


 The Life Blood of the Tree


This land has been dedicated to the people for healing.

We are standing on a special area of healing as our trees have many healing powers.

The roots are firmly planted in Mother Earth, bringing her water and milk to nourish her.

We have our life blood from this Mother Earth, and so does the tree.

The Trails are made of the life blood of the trees, honor it as you walk on it knowing that it is giving you renewed life and strength.

Plants along the Trails have great healing powers in them and the people have used them for generations.

Learn from them and accept their gifts to you.

We have a powerful Earth Mother.
Thank you creator for this land, we are one with you.

A poem by Juanita Samuels at the October 2004 Potawot Health Village Trail Dedication.


UIHS Trail User Safety Guidelines

  • Trails are open During Daylight Hours
  • No Dogs
  • Avoid Walking Alone
  • Due to reported rabid wildlife sightings in the area, do not approach wildlife.
  • Do not touch dead animals or droppings on the trails, as they may contain infectious diseases.
  • If you see a mountain lion do not run, act large, make noise, and throw rocks, and pick up small children.
  • Do Not Feed Wildlife
  • No Roller Sports
  • For Your Safety Stay on Trail