Friday, October 19, 2018

Foot Bridges in Acadia

The trail craftsmanship in Acadia National Park on Mt. Desert Isle in Maine is amazing.  Everywhere you look there are examples of elegant solutions to trail issues.  Here are a few pictures of some nice trail elements from Acadia:

Here's a simple rustic bridge from Sieur de Monts Spings.  It's a short span, but the channel it crosses gets considerable flow at times and it's an attractive bridge near the Wild Gardens of Acadia.

Here's a short span footbridge at Echo Lake; slight arch with timber decking and mortared masonry abutments.  It blends in well with the lake shore.

Here's another rustic bridge leading down to the shoreline.  This one has a corduroy tread made out of small diameter saplings, but with log supports spanning the stream.  It's a slight arch, with double hand rails made of peeled saplings.
And another footbridge; with sawn deck boards, and a single handrail.

There are a lot of interesting ways to cross a stream in Acadia.

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