Long Trail footbridge opens to hikers

More than 100 years after legislation was introduced to build a bridge over the Winooski River, hikers on the Long Trail will have a safe place to cross the river and head north.

The Green Mountain Club opened a new 224-foot Long Trail suspension bridge as part of the Winooski Valley Long Trail relocation.

The bridge, located just off of U.S. 2 in Bolton, Vermont saves hikers from a 3 mile walk down the highway from the woods of Camels Hump State Forest to the Jonesville Bridge and back onto the trail, said Mike DeBonis, executive director of the Green Mountain Club.

The Green Mountain Club, established in 1910, is the founder, sponsor, defender and protector of the Long Trail System. The trail is made up of 272 miles of footpath, 175 miles of side trails and nearly 70 primitive overnight sites and shelters.

The Winooski Valley long Trail relocation includes 300 acres of land acquisition, 6 miles of new trail and the suspension bridge.

The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States.

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