Historic South Fork trail reopened after being closed many years

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The historic South Fork Wildlife trail that has been closed for many years has been reopened.

The Kern River Ranger District worked to reopen the trail.

The trail is about an hour away from Bakersfield off of Highway 178 and Sierra Way, in between Weldon and Lake Isabella.

The trail is about a one mile loop in the South Fork wild land area that was once used as a ceremonial gathering place for the Tubatulabal Indian Tribe.

For many years it has been rendered unusable, partly due to its location which is near the south fork of the Kern River.

Erosion and heavy vegetation growth made it unsafe, but during the past month employees joined forces to reopen the trail.

Crews cleared away debris and hazardous materials, reinforced trail sections, and created a walking surface and parking area.

The trail was once a common destination for school field trips and hiking enthusiasts.

It has more than three hundred bird species as well as deer and other wildlife. Bird houses have now been placed throughout the area, and crews are also placing informational signs and benches along the route.

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