On July 1, 2012 at 1:00 PM a grand opening celebration will be held for the newly completed Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) boardwalk crossing the Great Swamp in Pawling. The event will take place where the AT intersects Rt 22 near the Metro-North Railroad Appalachian Trail train station, approximately two miles north of the Village of Pawling. The public is invited. The new 1,600ft oak-decked boardwalk and 34ft Swamp River Bridge are the culmination of two and a half years of work contributed by more than 75 volunteers. The project was sponsored by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and NY-NJ Trail Conference with major funding by the Appalachian Trail Park Office of the National Park Service. Metro-North Railroad has also upgraded the track crossing making it pedestrian friendly. Attending will be executives from the sponsoring organizations and elected government officials.
The Appalachian Trail is one of Dutchess County’s largest parks with 30+ miles of trail within a protective corridor of over 4,000 acres of National Park Service owned land. The trail enters Dutchess County at the north end of Fahnestock State Park and meanders through the towns of East Fishkill, Beekman, Pawling, and Dover before entering Connecticut. Volunteers from the Dutchess/Putnam AT Management Committee, under the auspices of the NY-NJ Trail Conference, maintain the trail and oversee the AT corridor from the Bear Mountain Bridge to Connecticut.
Parking can be found at turnouts on either side of Rt 22, ¼ mile north of the site. Come early or stay later to take a walk on the AT. Further information will be posted at http://www.nynjtc.org/event/swamp-river-AT-bridge.
For further information contact:
Jim Haggett, Chair
Dutchess/Putnam Appalachian Trail Management Committee