There is more than one way to see a forest, though most of us, most of the time, are relegated to seeing it from the ground. It’s not often we can get away from the trail, off the forest floor, and observe nature from the canopy. That’s the idea behind Wild Walk, a trail of bridges in the Adirondack Mountains that offers a different perspective on the wild environment of Upstate New York.
Wild Walk is part of The Wild Center, an 81-acre non-profit research and learning facility near Tupper Lake, New York in the geographic center of the Adirondacks. In addition to the Wild Walk, the center is also home to a 54,000-square-foot museum, numerous trails through the property, and guided canoe and hiking tours.
Designed by architect Chip Reay, who also designed the center’s museum, Wild Walk features 500 feet of boardwalk elevated as high as 40 feet off the ground. “The genesis of the design was found in the surrounding conifers,” Reay says on his website. Entrance to the Walk is via a stairwell built into the trunk of an old White Pine snag standing four stories tall. White Pines are the tallest trees in New York, and can reach heights of 160 feet. Exhibits mimic eagles’ nests and spider webs, and are intended to offer an interpretation of life in the ‘Dacks.
Photos courtesy of The Wild Center
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