Dunbar Brook Trail
Monroe Bridge, MA
Trail Type: Canoe and Kayak Portage Trail
How do you manage pedestrian and boater traffic from a precipitous drop to a popular white water area? Here, Timber & Stone, LLC completed the installation of a 250-foot long series of staircases and boardwalk that allowed for safe passage from the parking area at the Dunbar Brook Picnic Area to the banks of the Deerfield River. During whitewater release weekends, kayaker and rafters use the trail to access some of the most challenging rapids on the Deerfield River.
This trail exhibits a wide range of technical elements including: the elevated boardwalk and staircase system, stone staircases, stone cribbing, timber check steps, and naturally surfaced tread.
Project Sponsor: TransCanada Hydro Northeast
“Through careful planning and thoughtful construction practices Timber & Stone, LLC was able to improve our design and complete the project with minimal impact to the area while maintaining the rural character of the trail.”
— Omar F. Smith, TransCanada Hydro Northeast