Officials hope color trail makers help lost hikers
CHURCH HILL, Tenn. (AP) - Officials are hoping color coded trail markers will help cut down on the number of hikers who have been getting lost in Laurel Run Park in Hawkins County.
The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/10z1lmm) reports that six times over the past two months, rescuers or law enforcement have been called out to Laurel Run Park for a lost or unaccounted for hiker.
Last week, the Hawkins County Commission's Parks Committee discussed ways to address the problem.
One suggestion was to add directional signs along the trails. But park manager Joe Lindsey said that had been tried, and that the signs tend to get knocked down or taken.
Ultimately, the committee directed Lindsey to mark trees along the trail with color-coded dots.
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