Thomas Rouse Trail
01 Trailhead on Coal Creek Trail near Newcastle Commons
02 Steps up to Newcastle Commons
03 Map in Display Area at edge of Commons
04 Looking Back from Display Area towards Coal Creek Trail
05 Trail Heading South on Sidewalk through Commons
06 Trail on Sidewalk crossing Newcastle Commons Drive
07 Newcastle Monument on Commons Drive West of Trail
08 Trail Ascending Stairs to Small Park
0.5 miles Incomplete 0 Roads, 0 Driveways
From Coal Creek Trail thru Newcastle Commons to the Golf Course Trail
This is a history trail linking newer and older parts of Newcastle's past. It runs south from the Coal Creek Trail through Newcastle Commons to the Golf Course Trail, then along the route of the historic Thomas Rouse Road to the CrossTown Trail. In the Commons, the trail passes near the Newcastle Monument, built by the new City. The artist used bricks from the now-historic brickyard in this area. The Thomas Rouse Road is part of old Newcastle, a coal-mining town in the late 1800's. The trail is mostly complete in the Commons, and fully complete south of China Falls Park, on sidewalks along a pleasant street flanked by woods. The sidewalk trail passes Redman Park and crosses China Creek (near a waterfall) before joining the CrossTown Trail at Beit Tikvah near the Parkway.
• Newcastle Commons. A short trail section in the Commons is still under construction, but it can be bypassed on sidewalks. There'll be a second access to the Coal Creek Trail from the Aldea area, and businesses are planned in the center and near the Parkway, including several restaurants. Interpretive signs (monument & artist, local history) are planned for the Newcastle Monument. With public parking and other amenities, the Commons can serve as a trailhead for the Thomas Rouse Trail and an access point for the Coal Creek and Primrose Loop trails.
• Historic Area. The historic area south of the Commons and the YMCA includes remnants of Old Newcastle, including abandoned mine shafts, and the old Baima House. There's the possibility of a small park here, and interpretive facilities by the Newcastle Historical Society. Hopefully, the trail will be completed here as a wooded nature trail with links to historic sites. The remaining unfinished section, to China Falls Park, may be all or partly on sidewalks; it should include an access trail to the park.