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Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

Arcadia, MI
Over 600+ linear feet of 6’ wide boardwalk leading to a large overlook of Lake Michigan. The decking was brown treated pine with cable railing. This trail rests on a combination of non-penetrating pan-feet and pounded piles.

Design Challenge

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

Arcadia Dunes brought 15 miles of incredibly diverse trails to the residents of Michigan. The goal for this specific trail was to create an ADA-accessible trail that made its way up a steep wooded bluff. This trail wound through the trees and up the hill until it ended at a beautiful, yet unstable bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.

Design Solution

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve

While the setting for this boardwalk proved to be slightly challenging, the highly adjustable combination of adjustable pan foot and pile foundation was the perfect solution. It supported and enabled the trail to wind through the wooded area and up to the tree-lined bluff. Multiple turns and platforms were included to maintain ADA compliance and make it more visitor friendly.