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Facelift in progress for Calaveras Big Tree State Park’s ‘Braille Trail’


Courtesy photo Big Trees State Historic Park’s Three Senses Trail, or the ‘Braille Trail,’ will undergo improvements in the coming months.

California State Parks announced this week that work to rehabilitate the Three Senses Trail, often called the “Braille Trail,” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is underway.

The project is a partnership between California State Parks, the Arnold Lions Club and the Calaveras Big Trees Association.

Improvements will include a wider trail with compacted fill base that will stand up to the area’s harsh winters, new benches and viewing platforms, new interpretive signs and a revised trail guide.

The trail was originally commissioned in 1976 to serve the blind and visually impaired. The full rehabilitation should be completed by early

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California State Parks announced this week that work to rehabilitate the Three Senses Trail, often called the “Braille Trail,” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park is underway.

The project is a partnership between California State Parks, the Arnold Lions Club and the Calaveras Big Trees Association.

Improvements will include a wider trail with compacted fill base that will stand up to the area’s harsh winters, new benches and viewing platforms, new interpretive signs and a revised trail guide.

The trail was originally commissioned in 1976 to serve the blind and visually impaired. The full rehabilitation should be completed by early 2019 when a “touching garden” is completed. Guided tours will start next year.

Principal funding for the project was provided by the Lions Clubs International Foundation and the District 4-A1 Lions Club, grants from the Calaveras Community Foundation and Sierra Pacific Industries, and community contributions.