“Three Senses Trail” in Big Trees Recommissioned (October 13, 2018)

Spearheaded by the Arnold Lions, a partnership, including The California State Parks Department and Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA) was started in July 2017 to rehabilitate the deteriorating “Three Senses Trail” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

The trail, originally built in 1976, enabled the visually impaired visitors the opportunity to experience the natural environment through the senses of touch, hearing and smell. Now, 42 years later, the trail is in the process of being repaired and updated to meet ADA standards.

Newly installed wooden benches line the perfectly level, wheelchair-accessible loop of just a few hundred yards plus a new access trail from the main park trail featuring interpretive panels in English and Braille and a new connection to the creek overlook. When fully complete, the trail will offer visitors 20 sensory stations and a “touching garden” where they will have the opportunity to “experience the sounds, feel the plants and trees and smell the rich aromas of the forest.”

Principal funding for this project was provided by the Lions Clubs International Foundation and District 4-A1 Lions Club, grants from Calaveras Community Foundation and Sierra Pacific Industries and contributions from supporters of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

Left to right, Greg Martin, Sector Superintendent, Department of Parks and Recreation, Merita Callaway, Calaveras Community Foundation Board of Directors and CBTA Advisory Board , and Rod Smith, President, Calaveras Big Trees Association