Wednesday, April 5,2023 – Today our crew of volunteers hit the Jim Scott Deadening Trail to continue the ongoing effort to remove downed trees from the recent F-1 tornado that crossed Lake Martin. The lower, northern portion of the trail was directly in the path of the tornado and sustained heavy damage, with hundreds of downed trees. The upper, southern part of the trail received less damage but still had over fifty downed trees. The work crew today was working to clear the trees on the upper section of the trail, in an effort to get most of the Deadening Trail cleared and re-opened for our hikers. The efforts were successful and the upper portion of the trail has been re-opened to the public. At the current time hikers can hike that 3.1 mile section of the trail and by-pass the lower 1.1 mile section. We have signs in place for guidance. The northern end of the peninsula is so heavily damaged that it will take crews months to return that section to a useable trail. It is completely impassible at this time!