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 Abandoned part of Pawtuckaway Tower Trail? 
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 Abandoned part of Pawtuckaway Tower Trail?
Before the 2008 ice storm, the Tower Trail up South Pawtuckaway Mtn branched both right and left after the initial uphill from the parking area. After that storm, though, the right fork in particular suffered a lot of damage and was almost immediately blocked off with tree branches and other debris. It is still blocked off to this day, and has seen better days. Does anyone know why that is? I can't find anything online, and I've been wondering why ever since it was closed off. It's such a short link- maybe 1/10 of a mile at the most- so I can't see why the State Park service would abandon it.

Before the ice storm, my Dad and I almost always went up the right fork, which back then was well beaten and in great shape, and NOT blocked off. I've gone up and down that fork a few times since the abandonment, and I don't see any reason to give up on it.

I know this seems like such a trivial question, but I've been trying to find the answer for 7 years :evil: !

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Sat Dec 12, 2015 8:49 pm
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 Re: Abandoned part of Pawtuckaway Tower Trail?
Not trying to be sarcastic, but have you tried asking the park service personnel?

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 Re: Abandoned part of Pawtuckaway Tower Trail?
I don't know anything factual, but I'm pretty good at making crap up. 8) Maybe the area was notorious for downed limbs and trees and they decided to reroute for safety. Maybe there's still limbs (or were) suspended over the trail. Maybe they put the time and effort into the reroute and decided to stick with it for better erosion/drainage control or aesthetic reasons. Maybe the little switchbacks made it easier and more enjoyable for the masses. That's what I can invent off the top of my head. Seems like those would be the major reasons for most rerouted trails. Total guesses though.


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 Re: Abandoned part of Pawtuckaway Tower Trail?
Part of the trail on South Mountain was closed down to protect a rare plant.

This was in 1991. Either this is the trail section you refer to, or another section was shut down for the same reason.

Carex cumulata. A sedge that grows on dry rocky slopes. I saw this plant on Rattlesnake Mountain in Rumney.

In my opinion a plant that requires disturbance to survive would not be bothered by a hiking trail.

Pawtuckaway is kind of famous for having all sorts of rare plants.


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