August 31, 2015

Essex County braille trail opens the woods for blind hikers

Photo Courtesy of Justin Saglio - BostonGlobe.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For his Eagle Scout project, Jack Haynie decided to install a Braille trail throughout the Manchester-Essex Woods (Massachusetts). He was inspired after his former Scout Leader, Fred Rossi, attended a presentation by Trevor Thomas, the first blind person to complete a solo hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2008.

Haynie is a founding member of Boy Scout Troop 3's Blind Ambassadors program, in which the Scouts team up with hikers and backpackers from the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown to make visually impaired hikers self-reliant when on a trail. The new Braille Trail stretches in the woods north of Route 128 between exits 15 and 16.

To read more about this exciting new Braille trail please visit: BostonGlobe.com