GMC is committed to making its trails accessible for as many people as possible. All of its trails are constructed with a low gradient. However, there are 4 sites, ravines and streams near the trailhead, that are not easily passable for people with mobility or balance issues. GMC worked with Timber and Stone, LLC to design bridges for each of these crossings so the trail will be as accessible as possible, providing a short, easy hike option and open access to more areas of the Preserve.
Several small streams and ravines make portions of the trail in the Deer Run Nature Preserve that are located near the trailhead inaccessible to people with mobility and balance issues. With remediation, this section of the trail would allow these people to take a short, glorious hike and offer access to other trails in the Preserve that are more accessible.
Four short wooden bridges would make navigating stream portions at the beginning sections of the trail much easier. This will make it possible for more people who have mobility or balance issues to take a short hike on the Preserve and will give them access to longer hikes that do not have difficult crossings. Timber and Stone, LLC, well-known for their wilderness forest expertise, has surveyed the sites and plans to construct these 4 bridges with a team of GMC volunteers.
The potential long-term impact of this project is that more and more people, especially those with disabilities, will be able to use the trails at the Deer Run Nature Preserve.