New accessible trail provides greater access to nature in Northwest Madison County

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Harvest Square Preserve offers new avenue to explore outdoors (Photo Credit: Jeremy Jackson/WHNT)

HARVEST, Ala. (WHNT) – The Land Trust of North Alabama dedicated two trails at Harvest Square Nature Preserve, Friday.

Together, the Eagle and Beaver Dam trails create a half-mile accessible loop, the first of its kind for the Land Trust.

Executive Director Marie Bostick says, “people who have a little trouble with balance or who can’t negotiate rocks can still get out. They can see the lake and they can see the woods – even moms with strollers, a lot of times they can’t get out, but they can on this path.”

The original paths were only about four-feet wide with an uneven, grass surface.

The new trails are eight-feet wide, with a hard pack, level, fine-gravel surface, making them accessible for wheelchairs, as well.

Harvest Square Preserve is located at 111 Allyson Sadie Boulevard, just east of the Publix Market on Highway 53.

There are also two naturally-stocked ponds and a picnic pavilion.