Riverfront Trail designed to be completely accessible

GREAT BARRINGTON — Along the west
bank of the Housatonic River, running parallel to Main Street, the Housatonic
River Walk trail has been open to the public for nearly 27 years as a project
of the Great Barrington Land Conservancy.

The construction of a brand new
trail, called the Riverfront Trail, will soon give hikers entry to a
long-inaccessible section of the Housatonic
River, according to the

Janice Kabel, GBLC president, says
construction is set to start this month and the trail is slated to partially
open next spring, with several pathways that will connect the sidewalk to the

“Extending the pathway of the [Housatonic] River Walk, at South Bridge Street, has been a long-held
aspiration of the land conservancy,” Kabel told the Record. “The trail will be
of a crushed stone construction, very similar to what we’ve done at the [Housatonic] River Walk.”

Peter Jensen, established trail builder and designer, helped create and design the first section of the River Walk trail in July of 1992.

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