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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held For Newly Accessible Trails

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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On July 19th, the park hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the reopening of the Guardian Rock and the Crystal Creek Falls trails. Funded by park visitor’s day use fees, the trails have undergone a complete redesign making them fully accessible to visitors who require the use of wheelchairs or walkers.

The Guardian Rock trail has been rerouted to remain nearly level as it travels a hardened natural surface from Horse Camp through a mostly pine forest to a spectacular vista point.  The Crystal Creek Falls trail departs a redesigned trailhead with accessible restrooms and travels through a former quarry area on a level paved trail, arriving at the outstanding Crystal Creek Falls.

The ceremony and a walk to the Guardian Rock overlook was attended by 35 members of the public and park staff and was covered by three local television stations. 

Whiskeytown has been improving all facilities on an ongoing basis, upgrading major and minor facilities to make them fully accessible. Other recent upgraded accessible facilities include fishing docks at two locations, replaced restroom facilities at two locations, and new state-of-the-art docks at Brandy Creek and Oak Bottom Marinas.

Members of the public and the local community are pleased these trails and facilities are now accessible to all persons.


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