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New inclusive trail open in Macon County

A new paved trail welcomes people with physical disabilities to experience nature. Donated photo A new paved trail welcomes people with physical disabilities to experience nature. Donated photo

A new half-mile trail created to serve people with physical disabilities is now open at Mainspring Conservation Trust’s 16-acre Queen Branch property along N.C. 28 in Macon County. 

Funded through a major gift from supporter Sylvia Walbolt and a grant from the Cannon Foundation, the trail includes three viewing areas along the Little Tennessee River. Landscape designer Richard Clark and retired engineer Ed Haight, both Mainspring supporters, designed the trail and parking lot. 

The trail is ready for use, but a bridge, scheduled for construction in early spring, will complete the project. For more information and directions, visit mainspringconserves.org/be-a-mainspring/properties/queen-branch.

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