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Remembering, Restoring, and Reconnecting the King of Roads
The history of the Columbia River Highway is a tale of visionaries, civic leaders, skilled engineers, and talented artisans.
Presenters: Sharon Daleo, Project Engineer, CH2M Hill; Christopher Miller, Landscape Architect, Walker/Macy
Started in 1913, the road soon was touted as the “King of Roads“ because of its graceful design and amazing engineering. Starting in the 1940s, the freeway construction through the Gorge severed the original route in numerous locations. Interested groups have joined together to advocate for the reconnection of the Historic Columbia River Highway as a trail through the Gorge. Learn the history the old road, the restoration efforts underway, the engineering challenges, and stories of how advocates have built a coalition of support.
Rim Rock National Recreation Trail is a wonderfully scenic trail leading around the rim of a rock escarpment, hence its name.
The Fort River Birding and Nature Trail is a universally accessible trail. It was presented with the 2014 Paul Winske Access Award by the Stavros Center for Independent Living.
The New York State (NYS) Canalway Water Trail is comprised of over 450 miles of land-cut canals, interconnected lakes, and rivers with more than 150 public access points for paddlers.
The trail system consists of seven trails, accessible from the Visitor Center, that provide the opportunity to observe the seven distinct habitats of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (BBNWR).