ANTELOPE ISLAND -- A one-mile interpretive foot trail around the historic Frary Homestead site is the newest Antelope Island enhancement.
The homestead trail will open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Festivities begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music and refreshments, followed by guided tours by state park staff dressed in 1890 homesteader-appropriate attire, said Hollie Brown, spokeswoman for Utah State Parks.
The Frary family lived on their island homestead from 1891 to 1902, Brown said.
The new trail winds around the remnants of the family's house, garden, livestock pens and hand-built water system, she said.
The interpretive panels along the route detail the hardships, isolation, self-reliance and resiliency the family experienced during their decade of island subsistence, Brown said.
The interpretive signs were paid for by state parks, while the development of the trail was paid for by the Friends of Antelope Island group, Antelope Island State Park Manager Jeremy Shaw said.
Shaw said he expects the 3-foot wide trail, located about eight miles down the island's eastside road, will receive heavy use.
"It gives people something else out there to do," Shaw said.
The trail is one of many projects on the island that are a result of a joint effort between state parks and the Friends group, according to Davis County officials.
The Friends group on Oct. 15 received from the Davis County Commission a $20,000 donation that the group has earmarked for further enhancing the island experience for visitors.
The donation funds come from the proceeds generated by the annual Moonlight by Antelope Bike Ride sponsored by the county each July.
This year's 23-mile non-competitive recreation ride stretched from White Rock Bay to the historic Fielding-Garr Ranch House and back.
There were 1,703 riders who participated in this year's event, Davis County event coordinator Neka Roundy said.
Next year's bike ride is set for 10 p.m. Friday, July 11, Roundy said.
Proceeds go to Friends of Antelope Island, which of late has used the annual funding to add a new awning to the Antelope Island amphitheater, establish the Mercantile Shop at the ranch house and develop the new Frary trail.
Park fees are $9 per vehicle or $3 for bicyclists and walk-ins.
For more information contact 801-538-7428 or visit www.stateparks.utah.gov for a list of current events.
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