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Wood walkways: low boardwalks for accessible trails and nature walks


Planked walks that are only slightly raised off the ground provide a smooth surface. These paths are essentially boardwalks without the elaborate piers or other footings. Others are built like bridges where wet soil, rather than flowing water. Planed walks are also commonly used to cross sand dunes to avoid disturbing the vegetation as well as to provide a firm surface. For wheelchairs and other use, the surface would qualify as "firm and stable" for accessibility. Like other boardwalks, this surfacing is often used for interpretive facilities in wet habitat areas. Also see the Cool Trail Solutions gallery of Boardwalks. More examples of accessible boardwalk trails are at Happy Creek Nature Trail and Boardwalks for Woodinville, WA.

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(Commentary by Stuart Macdonald)

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