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Wheelchair, Handicapped Accessible Trail Completed At Great Bear

Checking out the Apple Trail

Checking out the Apple Trail

FULTON, NY – The volunteer stewards of Great Bear Springs Recreational Area have completed a wheelchair, handicapped accessible trail at Great Bear.

Friends volunteers, from left: Dick Drosse, Roger Evans, Jim Houghtaling, Jim Sefick and Naneen Drosse with Jim's son, Peyton, on the Apple Trail.
Friends volunteers, from left: Dick Drosse, Roger Evans, Jim Houghtaling, Jim Sefick and Naneen Drosse with Jim’s son, Peyton, on the Apple Trail.

Named the Apple Trail, the trail is approximately .4-mile, meandering through canopied sections of the original apple orchard.

Starting across from the kiosk, by the Great Bear entrance, the trail is designed as a return loop.

In addition, the trail can be exited at about the halfway point accessing the service road or other trails.

In building the trail accessible guidelines were followed.

The trail is more than three feet wide with many places at least six feet for turnaround and passing.

Checking out the Apple Trail
Checking out the Apple Trail

There is a cleared area as a rest stop that will have a bench added.

The trail is flat, hard packed soil (“firm and stable”).

The trail in addition, will be fun for young families with children learning to cross-country ski, snowshoe and mountain bike or hike.

Thanks to all who helped work on and put in this trail, including the student government students from CCC.

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  1. Nice! I can finally bring my girlfriend back here! Now she can afford a chair because she gets the Social Security!

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