Town of Southeast – 2 acres.
Putnam County’s first Handicapped-Accessible Trail
Inside 140 acres of Putnam County Land Trust’s Peach Lake Natural Area off Cobb Road in Southeast, nestled under the tall canopy of deciduous forest and winding through the understory of native Lindera benzoin (Spicebush), is something new: the Lindera Loop Trail. The trail, a 700-by-5-foot path, is Putnam County’s first handicapped-accessible trail.
The impetus behind the project was the clear and simple conviction of two high school students, Krista Gabarro and Anna Eisenstein, that the wonders of nature should be available to everyone, even those who are physically challenged. The students approached the Land Trust with the idea and we loved it.
This location is home to many native plants and animals including wild monarda, geranium, trillium, may apple, trout lily, jack-in-the-pulpit, Virginia creeper, violet, various ferns, winterberry holly, spicebush, deer, turkey, pheasant, partridge, squirrel, chipmunk, and countless species of small birds. The site of the new trail is also the location of the future headquarters of PCLT — the house donated by Dorothy O’Brien, an avid bird lover with a passion for preserving natural areas.
The path features an environmentally friendly surface (Item 4 choked with stonedust) that wheelchairs can roll over, and pull-offs or landings every 100 feet. It includes a small cul-de-sac (the “Loop”), a fern glen, a trail guide, observation areas, benches and appropriate signage. For more information regarding handicapped-accessibility requirements, please visit the National Center for Accessibilty.
Financing the Project
Materials for completing the trail (landscape fabric, Item 4, stonedust, sign materials) were estimated at $15,000. Donations and grants enabled the project to move forward. A fund has been set up for money to be put towards maintenance of this masterpiece.
The Putnam County Land Trust, a 501(c)3 organization, is accepting donations designated for this project. Sponsorship categories have been set up, offering varying levels of recognition. To see these, please click here.
How To Help
To make a donation to the Lindera Loop Trail, send a check payable to:
Putnam County Land Trust
P.O. Box 36, Brewster, NY 10509
(Please place “Designated for the Lindera Loop Trail” in the note portion of your check.)
Lindera Loop in the news
” Carmel High School students Anna Eisenstein and Krista Gabarro noticed one thing missing from the expanse of woods throughout Putnam County: a place where the physically challenged could enjoy nature.”