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Thundering Falls Relocation Update

General Contact: Green Mountain Club Staff
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Phone: 802-244-7037
Posted: 06/23/2008


NOTE: The wheelchair accessible trail is expected to open in the fall of 2008.
The Thundering Falls AT relocation was opened in September 2007; more work is scheduled for July and August 2008 but the route will be passable. No significant change to mileages.


   
 Thundering Falls   Ottauquechee River Floodplain

For more photos of the project, click here.

The Green Mountain Club is building a wheelchair accessible trail to a spectacular view of Thundering Falls in Killington, Vermont.  This will be the only wheelchair accessible portion of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2008 with the help of the Green Mountain Club Long Trail Patrol, the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, federal funding through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the National Park Service and support from the Green Mountain National Forest. The Thundering Falls AT relocation was opened in September 2007; more work is scheduled for July and August 2008 but the route will be passable. No significant change to mileages.


The new path in the woods will descend through the northern hardwood forest to the base of Thundering Falls and then pass through the open Ottauquechee River Floodplain. A new wheelchair accessible bridge built by the Green Mountain Club will cross the Ottauquechee River.

By eliminating a road walk on Thundering Brook Road and River Road, and adding the view of Thundering Falls and the Ottauqueechee River, the new relocation improves the Appalachian Trail experience in Vermont.

For a video about the Thundering Falls Relocation,  click here. (11.2 MB)




Volunteer to help with this project.

 
 
 Long Trail Patrol zip-lining rock. Buidling wheelchair acccessible trail with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.
 
Zip-lined stone is used to build trail and steps. These stone steps are part of the  Thundering Falls Relocation and were built by the Vermont Youth Conseration Corps with assistance from the Green Mountain Club.





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