Imagine not being able to stand on the banks of the Tittabawassee River and watch a bald eagle swoop by. Or not crossing the path of a turtle meandering along as you explore a trail.
Many people in our community can’t enjoy those sights at Little Forks Conservancy’s Averill Preserve because they aren’t physically able to hike the grass or crushed gravel trails.
“Visitors who enjoy Midland County Parks’ new accessible parking area and shelter on the boundary of the Averill Preserve may not be able to experience this beautiful preserve just steps away,” said Board President Jon DeGroot.
Little Forks has taken steps to change that.
The new hard surface trail will enable families with strollers or people with wheelchairs to easily explore the beautiful, historic preserve.
This project included over 800 feet of hard surface trail, accessible interpretive signage, and nature play elements. In addition, the river overlook will be extended to provide a better view of the river.
Jon added, “We believe that this project will add to County Parks’ investment and create an inviting experience for all visitors to these properties.”
Once the largest timber banking grounds in the world, the property has been restored over many years to its current state.
“Of all our properties, the Averill Preserve has been the most impacted by previous uses of the land,” said Elan Lipschitz, director of land conservation. “I’m very excited about some of the opportunities for habitat restoration we have planned along the new trail.”