Gov. John Carney was joined by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Shawn M. Garvin, Kent County Tourism Director Wendie Vestfall, state and city officials and members of the conservation community to break ground for the new Fork Branch Trail in Dover on Oct. 11.

The Fork Branch Nature Preserve is one of Dover’s last remaining natural areas — a 247-acre property that contains a stand of old growth American beech, a wooded stream corridor and threatened plant species. The preserve is located at the corner of Kenton and West Denneys roads, along the Maidstone Branch in the St. Jones River Watershed.

The Division of Parks & Recreation will construct, manage and maintain the accessible, pedestrian-only trail. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year or spring 2018, depending on conditions. The new trail will be 5 feet wide, and loop about 1 mile through the preserve.