On July 1st at 1 pm, on a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, there was a dedication of the boardwalk at the Appalachian Trail train stop in Pawling. A good sized group of dignitaries from Washington D.C., Harpers Ferry, WV and Pawling were accompanied by volunteers, hikers, and interested on-lookers to celebrate this great accomplishment.
The boardwalk construction over the north flow of the Great Swamp on the Appalachian Trail, began about three years ago. Trail work crews, along with many volunteers, worked long and hard to complete the A.T. boardwalk and bridge across the swamp. This section of the trail abounds with wildlife; beaver, turtles, heron, muskrat, deer, waterfowl, fish, migrating birds, swamp cottontail, turkey, bear, bobcat, and mink can be spotted.
The beautifully constructed boardwalk is 1,592 feet long, has 7,532 pieces of wood, 30,000 screws and many, many anchors. Eighty volunteers logged in over 5,000 work hours. One gentleman from Europe at the dedication was also involved in its construction. The boardwalk is wheelchair accessible and Metro-North Railroad did a good job with upgrading the A.T. train station and crossing.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer to help maintain theAppalachian Trailthroughout our area, contact the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference at (201) 512-9348 or www.nynjtc.org. The New York-New Jersey Trail Conference has been connecting people with nature since 1920. Come out and take a hike through the longest national park in the world. From Georgia to Maine, the Appalachian Trailis a foot path for those who seek fellowship with the wilderness.