Happy trails for Princeton conservation area

June 28, 2012 by  

After 12 years of planning and construction, the ribbon was finally cut on the new $22,000 footbridge completing the Midstate Trail in the Four Corners Conservation Area in Princeton.

The official opening of the 50-foot pedestrian bridge completed the trail and was appropriately dedicated on National Trails Day, held on June 2, 2012. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by volunteers and members of the Appalachian Mountain Club, which had appointed a special committee to represent the club during construction of the Midstate Trail.

The trail project is a project to conserve a 138-acre parcel of land, which included fields and wooded areas, saving it from development. With the help of the state and the Four Corners Preservation Society, over $2 million was raised, including $450,000 from Princeton and other private donations, to purchase the land and building trails.

Print companies should note that, despite maps being available online for trail areas such as this, brochure printing with comprehensive information is still a good idea as the advantages of a paper map in hand when out hiking are obvious.

The conservation area is now part of a regional trail network which includes vital wetlands, watershed areas, and wildlife sanctuaries. The Midstate Trail itself is 93 miles long. It begins at the New Hampshire state border, runs through Princeton, and ends at the Rhode Island state line.

Community volunteers already have funds and a plan to rehabilitate a five-mile section of the old trail once weather permits. The route flagged is at Four Corners, Savage Hill, Old Colony Road, and Goodnow Road.