Ward-Studios.com Green Lane Park KMZ
Green Lane Park is a 3400 acre municiple park of Montgomery County in Pennsylvania. Contained within the park are 3 main bodies of water created as reservoirs by dams. The largest of the 3 is Green Lane Reservoir, then Deep Creek Lake, and finally Knight Lake, which is the smallest. In total, the lakes cover about 870 acres of the park. There are many recreational activities available in the park all year round.
Boating: The lakes are open most of the year to boating. Boat rentals are available at the park both on Green Lane Reservoir (At the Hill Road day use area) and on Deep Creek Lake. There are also public boat launches available.
Recreation Trails: Green Lane Park features miles of hiking trails from paved flat paths to rocky hilly trails that traverse through the old growth forest areas of the park. All trails are open to hikers and many of them are also open to Equestrian and Bicycle use. Care should be taken on all trails to avoid hazards, as some trails can be steep and slippery, especially when wet. Low tributary crossings can flood quickly during moderately heavy rains. All park trails are well marked by blazes painted on trees and / or posts and are easily self navigated without additional navigation gear. The trails are well maintained by park staff and kept clear of most obstacles, although there is always a chance to come across a recently fallen tree, hollow trees with bee hives, flooded tributaries and other things to be on the watch for. When the snow falls during the winter and the trails are sufficiently covered, they are open to cross country skii and snowshoeing.
Other Recreation Uses: There are many open grills and tables around the Deep Creek recreation area available for day use. The park also offers over night camping to those who register with the park and pay a fee for their use.
On to the fun stuff! Green Lane Park KMZ for Google Earth
What is a KMZ file?
A KMZ is an advanced 3 dimensional "model" used by the Google Earth application (Download Google Earth) which contains information about specific features. They can contain paths indicating specific directions, much like a road in a GPS, they can contain specific points much like points of interest in a GPS, and they can contain overlays which is an image with additional details of a specific area which is textured over the base map in 3D.
Details of this package
This KMZ package includes:
How can this help prepare for a visit to the park?
Aside from the obvious straight down view of the trails, where they start, how they wind and where they end up, the KMZ file can be used to get a snap shot of the trail from the "side", showing every "up and down", also known as elevation change, along the entire trail. Using this information hikers and skiers alike can determine what elevation losses and gains they will experience along the trail, exactly at what distance on the trail they will be encountered and at what grades they will be ascending and descending the various elevation changes along the trail. This means that by using this feature, one can see how steep certain spots are along the trail. A 3 mile trail doesn't seem very long or intimidating, and might fool a user into thinking it is not going to be a difficult trail, until they look at the elevation profile and realize they will be climing several hundred feet up a steep grade at some point along the trail. (More details about this exciting feature towards the bottom of this web page.)
This sounds awesome! How do I use this KMZ file to plan my trip?
Wonderful! It is nice to see you're still here and eager to use this tool. Follow these insructions to "install" the KMZ file and begin using it efficiently.
(Please note that the images refer to "Tetrahedron Park", please replce with "Green Lane Park" in these directions)
Step 1: "Install" the KMZ file to Google Earth
Navigating the features of the Green Lane Park KMZ file
Advanced (FUN!) Features
The Play Tour feature. This feature can be used to take a bird's eye flight along any path. Simply select any path desired and click on the "Play Tour" button (circled in red in the image below). Sit back and enjoy a flight along the selected path. Path feature can be enabled (displayed) or disabled (hidden) while using this feature. The tour can be paused by using the control panel in the lower left corner (boxed in red in the image below) of the main display window. Once paused, the Google Earth window can be used to navigate anywhere in the world. When the tour is resumed it will automatically return to the point where it was paused and continue the tour from that point.
The Show Elevation Profile feature. This feature can be used to view the entire length of any path / trail in a "side view" profile. By viewing the profile, all the elevation variations along the entire length of the selected path can be seen along with exact distance from the start and the grade (steepness) of the trail at any given point. To enable the elevation profile, right click on the desired path or trail and select the "Show Elevation Profile" option from the menu. This will automatically enable the selected trail (even if it is disabled), pan and zoom to fill the Google Earth window, and will open a graph below the main window showing the profile from left to right.
As the mouse pointer is moved along the profile graph, a red arrow will appear on the trail in the main display window above. This red arrow indicates the location on the trail where this part of the profile will be encountered. The number on the left of the arrow shows the distance from trail head, the number above the arrow shows the elevation at that exact point, and the number to the right of the arrow shows the grade of the slope at that point on the trail. This information is displayed again in the Elevation Profile graph on a line where the mouse pointer is or was last located on the graph. This powerful feature allows users to determine not only how long the trail is, but how much climbing up and down hills or mountains there will be and how steep those climbs will be.
Clicking on the image below will open it full size in a new tab so that this amazing feature can be more clearly seen.
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