A new walking path is now open behind Nativity Lutheran Church on Old County Road.

The church, located at 179 Old County Road, initiated a Master Plan to construct a new sanctuary in 2005. The sanctuary was completed and opened for worship services in July 2006. Nativity’s congregation wanted to make use of the land that lay behind the church. The land includes wetlands, an island in the wetlands, and a rolling landscape that is removed from the traffic, noise and activity along Old County Road.

The congregation approved the creation of a walking path, named Serenity Path, which allows people the option to walk, jog, or meditate in these serene surroundings. Serenity Path was designed and created by volunteers from Nativity. It continues to be developed but is now open for use by the public during the daylight hours from May through October, and is closed to the public from November through April.

The entrance to Serenity Path is accessed through the northeast parking lot at the church. The path is approximately a half-mile long and runs through grasslands, down to a marsh, across one bridge to the island and exiting the island across another bridge to the lawn southwest of the church. There are more tan 20 species of birds in the marsh that sing from spring through fall. A large variety of grasses and flowering plants spread out across the landscape from the entrance of the path through the fields, into the marsh and across the island. There is a lovely view of the mountain range to the west.

Family usage is encouraged, including four-legged “family” members, but animals must be leashed. People with ambulatory issues are invited to use the path using items they need for mobility. For safety reasons, no camping or fires are permitted along the path and no two-, three- or four-wheeled vehicles are permitted on the path. Visitors are encouraged to come and enjoy the path but not leave anything behind.

For more information, please contact Phil Pratt at 832-4335, or davisloop100@gmail.com.