06/18/2016 - 10:00am
06/18/2016 - 2:00pm

It's bridge building time, once again. Come join Friends of Pisgah volunteers on Saturday, June 18th, to create a new 23-foot span and ramp over a beaver-flowage stream on the South Woods Trail in Pisgah State Park.

The new bridge will be put together on a new pathway bypass on the northern leg of the South Woods Trail, a bypass that does away with three rundown spans in the vicinity.

On Wednesday, volunteers managed to put in the foundation sills and set in place two 23-foot laminated beams and screwed them in place. These "stringers" are the underpinnings of the bridge. Since they are in place, building the deck and railings should go quickly and everyone should be able to pitch in right away.

The old bridges will be dismantled nearby so the materials can be taken out and some of it reused in other places.

The work day on the 18th will start at the Horseshoe Road parking lot at 10 a.m. It's a mile walk down to the job site. The last time we built a bridge, more than a dozen folks came along to help. Let's see if we can increase that number and have some fun while doing something wonderful for Pisgah.

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Kim Nilsen