NYQUIST-HARCOURT - Accessibility Trail Assessment

Tom’s Trail extends from the eastern entrance to the sanctuary all the way to the western border where it meets up with Megan’s Meadow. A great way to see all that the preserve has to offer, Tom’s trail provides users with nice views of the oxbow, benches to rest on, and plenty of opportunities to admire surrounding wildlife.  During high water events, particularly in late winter/early spring, Toms Trail will be flooded and impassable. The trail surface consists of bare soil areas and grassy areas.  Tread obstacles that limit accessibility include tree roots, muddy areas, and fast-growing vegetation. The average trail treadway width is 5 feet, the average trail corridor clearance is 7 feet, and the trail vertical clearance is 10+ feet throughout. 

Corinne’s Way loops around the northeastern portion of the preserve and features several bog bridges to traverse muddy and wet terrain prone to flooding. While these features enhance the trail’s charm, they may present challenges for individuals with accessibility needs. The trail surface type is natural soil with long sections plated with wooden bog bridges. Tread obstacles that limit accessibility include bridges without ramps or level access and tree roots. The average trail treadway width is 4 feet, the average trail corridor clearance is 5.5 feet, and the average vertical clearance is 10+ feet throughout. Notably, the trail connects to Huguenot Street via a bridge over the oxbow, facilitating access for those visiting the historic landmark. Additionally, visitors will find a convenient bike rack available near the trail entrance for secure bicycle parking.

Lynn’s Loop is a short trail that branches off Tom’s Trail near the Eastern entrance of the preserve and meets back up with it at the intersection of Amy’s Amble. The trail surface is grass and the only tread obstacle that limits accessibility is fast growing vegetation that can restrict corridor width between trimmings. The average trail treadway width is 3.5 feet, the average trail corridor clearance is 5 feet, and the trail vertical clearance is 10+ feet throughout.  

Amy’s Amble is a short trail that connects Corrine’s Way and Tom’s Trail. It can also be used as a bailout point if Corrine’s Way is too muddy or flooded to return to Tom’s Trail. The trail surface is grass and there are no tread obstacles that limit accessibility. This trail is nice and wide with an average trail treadway width of 6 feet and a trail corridor clearance of 7 feet. The trail vertical clearance is 10+ feet throughout. 

Katie’s Connector is longer than both Amy’s Amble and Lynn’s Loop and serves as another connector between Corinne’s Way and Tom’s Trail. The trail surface is grass and tread obstacles that limit accessibility include narrow pathways and fast-growing vegetation that can limit corridor width between trimmings. The average trail treadway width is 3.5 feet, the average trail corridor clearance is 5 feet, and the trail vertical clearance is 10+ feet throughout. 

Jon’s Path runs adjacent to the New Paltz community garden for nutrition, in the summer months, members can be seen growing their own food on their rented plots. Keep an eye out for turkey vultures as they like to frequent surrounding trees in this area. The trail surface is grass and the tread obstacles that limit accessibility is fast growing vegetation and occasional flooding. The average trail treadway width is 3 feet and the average trail corridor clearance is 4.5 feet, the trail vertical clearance is 10+ feet. 

Jenna’s Jaunt runs alongside the Wallkill River and provides two entrance points into the Megan’s Meadow trail. The trail surface is natural earth/soil and tread obstacles that limit accessibility are tree roots, fast growing vegetation, and bridges without ramps or level access. Jenna’s Jaunt contains a metal bridge across a small tributary that feeds into the Wallkill River. This narrow bridge is 3.1 feet wide and 30 feet long, creating a narrower than average restriction for the trail. The average treadway width for the rest of Jenna’s Jaunt is 3.5 feet, the average trail corridor clearance is 5 feet, and the trail vertical clearance is 10+ feet. 

Megan’s Meadow contains a few unnamed trails that wander through the meadow in the sanctuary. The lower portion of the meadow along the Wallkill River is the muddiest trail at Nyquist as it is very prone to flooding which limits the ability for maintenance during very wet periods. The upper portions, however, are worth a visit and can be accessed without entering the lower portion of the fields. The open fields and views of the Shawangunk Ridge provide an experience not found anywhere else in the preserve. The trail surface is grass and the tread obstacles that limit accessibility are fast growing vegetation and wet areas. The average trail treadway width is 4.5 feet and the average trail corridor clearance is 6 feet. The trail vertical clearance greatly exceeds 10 feet, as Megan’s Meadow offers unobstructed views of the sky above, allowing for a sense of openness and connection with the surrounding landscape. 

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