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Boardwalks for accessible trails and nature walks


A common feature for crossing wetlands or river margins is the boardwalk. The difference in a boardwalk and a bridge is that the bridge generally crosses deep or moving water, while a boardwalk traverses very shallow water or even dry land. A boardwalk can be supported every few feet while a bridge needs longer clear spans and must be engineered to carry more weight. Boardwalks are often used for interpretive facilities in habitat areas such as swamps. Enabling access by wheelchairs, strollers, and people with difficulty walking is another benefit where the trail must cross wet or rough terrain. Also see boardwalk examples at Happy Creek Nature Trail and Boardwalks for Woodinville, WA.

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