North Park Braille Trail Loop

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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This trail represents a wonderful concept. To the right of the trail along its entire length is a guiding wire covered in soft black tubing, which enables the visually handicapped to experience the trail more independently. I was surprised and happy to find a trail that was constructed in such a way that the visually impaired could more easily enjoy a walk in the woods. The trail, originally constructed in 1970 to be self-guided, included posts along the way with interpretive signs both in print and in Braille. Unfortunately, I saw only one sign remaining in either format. The trail was rebuilt in 1987 for use by all, but the signage has not been restored. For this I was saddened because its existence is important. However, even though most of the signage is gone, the trail remains wide and easy, and the guiding rail along it still makes it better than many for someone with visual difficulty or impairment.

North Park: Braille Trail Loop Professional Review and Guide

"This trail represents a wonderful concept. To the right of the trail along its entire length is a guiding wire covered in soft black tubing, which enables the visually handicapped to experience the trail more independently. I was surprised and happy to find a trail that was constructed in such a way that the visually impaired could more easily enjoy a walk in the woods.

The trail, originally constructed in 1970 to be self-guided, included posts along the way with interpretive signs both in print and in Braille. Unfortunately, I saw only one sign remaining in either format. The trail was rebuilt in 1987 for use by all, but the signage has not been restored. For this I was saddened because its existence is important. However, even though most of the signage is gone, the trail remains wide and easy, and the guiding rail along it still makes it better than many for someone with visual difficulty or impairment."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Pittsburgh
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Local Contacts: North Park
Local Maps: USGS Emsworth
Driving Directions: Directions to North Park: Braille Trail Loop

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May 2018