Two Hurricanes Lead to One Beautiful New Bridge at Minnewaska

The Blueberry Run Trail bridge, almost completed as of this photo, is now open for hikers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New Paltz, NY.

The Blueberry Run Trail bridge, almost completed as of this photo, is now open for hikers at Minnewaska State Park Preserve in New Paltz, NY.

One hurricane (Irene) made this trail project necessary; another (Sandy) provided the material for the solution.

In 2011, flood waters brought by Hurricane Irene resulted in the destruction of three much-used trail bridges over the Peters Kill at Minnewaska State Park Preserve as well as one carriage road crossing. Replacement of these bridges was put on hold pending completion of disaster reporting and relief funding by state and federal officials.

In May, the Blueberry Run Trail Bridge over the Peters Kill was the first of the bridges to be replaced. It is made almost entirely of a single black locust tree that was felled at Rockland Lake State Park by Hurricane Sandy.

The project was co-funded by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission and the Trail Conference, with funds donated for post-Irene bridge and trail repairs in our region.
Thanks go to PIPC staff, Tahawus Trails and Trail Conference volunteers: Dave Webber, Jim Gebhart, Chris Ingui, Roch Boucher, Doug Comeau, Les Jesberger, Georgette Weir, Patty Lee Parmalee, Mike Garrison, and Joan James.

Read more about this project in the upcoming Summer issue of our print Trail Walker newsletter. Click here for a hike that includes crossing this new bridge.

 

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