A little known trail off Sawmill Road got an upgrade, thanks to a Dublin Boy Scout looking to attain Eagle Scout status.

A little known trail off Sawmill Road got an upgrade, thanks to a Dublin Boy Scout looking to attain Eagle Scout status.

Scioto High School senior Brian Fox, with the help of volunteers, spruced up a trail that runs through a forest at the end of Starford Drive in the area of the Sawmill Forest neighborhood.

"We're clearing the path," Fox said during the April 14 project. "There's illegal dumping back here, so we're cleaning up, picking up the trail and installing a 'No Illegal Dumping' sign. We're cleaning up the entrance and mulching it."

Part of the short trail also traverses a natural drainage area, so the path was redirected around it, he said.

Work on the Eagle Scout project began last February. Fox said he found out about the trail needed work through neighbors. He lives near the project site.

"There's a woman who lives in a nearby neighborhood who had been contacting the city (of Columbus) about the trail," he said.

Emails to the neighborhood board eventually got around to Fox's family, and Fox decided to take on the project.

It seemed like a natural fit for Fox, who has been in Boy Scouts since kindergarten.

"Really, when I first joined Boy Scouts from Cub Scouts, you got a lot of freedom. You got to be in the woods and do what you wanted," he said. "Every little boy wants to run around in the woods. It was really fun becoming one with nature."

Camping trips and other outdoor activities kept him involved in Boy Scouts over the years, Fox said.

"I like nature a lot," he said. "Without this there wouldn't have been as much of an opportunity to see these things. You get to experience friendships and opportunities."

With the Eagle Scout project, Fox got to experience a change in plans. He initially intended to mulch the entire trail, but with donations and work, it proved to be too difficult.

"My original plan at first was completely different," Fox said. "But I haven't had any real problems."

The senior did have to work the project in around a busy schedule, though.

"I wrestle," he said. "I've played the piano since the fifth grade and I play it in jazz band. I was in the marching band. I played the tuba."

With graduation quickly approaching, Fox plans to attend either Ohio State University or Baldwin-Wallace College and major in Spanish and International Studies. He also plans to wrestle.