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Nature trail is open at park

The new 2.5-mile McLeod Health Seacoast Nature Trail at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex is open for your enjoyment. A ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, April 16, officially opened the trail.

The trail features native vegetation and interesting wildlife. Users will see a variety of birds and animals and lush vegetation, including Longleaf pines.

Mile markers posted along the trail help users track their distance and location.

“Walking and hiking paths are essential to all cities, and North Myrtle Beach will continue to preserve and maintain these opportunities and open areas for our residents and visitors to enjoy,” saidNorth Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley as part of her welcoming remarks.

Mayor Hatley also said McLeod Health Seacoast is “a great supporter of North Myrtle Beach amenities and programs, and they work hard to promote healthy lifestyles for our community and guests.”

McLeod Health Seacoast in Little River also sponsors The Meadow located in the middle of the Park & Sports Complex. Thousands of people have enjoyed festivals, sporting games, walking, cycling or just relaxing there.

McLeod Health Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Monica Vehige said, “McLeod Health enjoys its relationship with the city and highlighting the importance of active, healthy lifestyles in the community.”

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority helped make the new trail possible, and the efforts of many volunteers are also appreciated.

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset and users should always walk with a buddy and stay on the cleared trail.

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