Comments on: Disabled Travelers News Round-Up: June 2011 Edition! /1/blog/2011/06/17/disabled-travelers-news-round-up-june-2011-edition/ Interesting information, reviews, and pictures in the world of accessible travel... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 22:09:44 +0000 hourly 1 By: Michael Redmond /1/blog/2011/06/17/disabled-travelers-news-round-up-june-2011-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-11509 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 18:33:18 +0000 /1/blog/?p=1000#comment-11509 Crotched Mountain Foundation and Rehabilitation Center, located in Greenfield NH, recently dedicated the longest fully-accessible trail system in a mountainside environment in America. The culmination of a three-year project, over two miles of trails were designed by renowned trail builder Peter Jensen with a goal of providing universal access to people of all ages and abilities. The new trails are fully compliant with the outdoor trail accessibility standards adopted by the U.S. Forest Service.

Two distinct trails provide diverse outdoor experiences. One rises 200 feet in elevation to a highland knoll that provides panoramic views of the Monadnocks, the Contoocook River valley, Western Massachusetts and the Uncanoonuc Mountains in Goffstown. The second trail meanders through a variety of forested and wetland areas, where viewing platforms allow observation of wildlife including beaver, deer, moose, bears, porcupines and many other upland species.

“Experiences like this are usually unavailable to people who rely on wheelchairs and other aids for mobility or who have other physical impairments,” said Don Shumway, president of Crotched Mountain. Shumway sees another important aspect to the new trail system. “As our population ages, more and more seniors will want access to outdoor recreation activities at a level that’s appropriate for them,” he said. “This new trail system provides that.”

USA Today named the opening of these trails one of the top ten travel news stories for July.

More information about the trail can be found on Crotched Mountain’s website.