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Video: More people seeing fall colors on new addition to Duluth Traverse Trail

Oct 10, 2020 05:37AM ● By Editor

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By Emily Ness of WDIO-TV - October 9, 2020

One of the missing links to the Duluth Traverse Trail has been completed. The trail's newest addition runs through Bagley Nature Center at UMD and connects Hartley Park to Chester Park. 

Tim Bates, the interim director of UMD’s recreational center says the trail has been a popular place for people to recreate during the season's peak for fall colors.

“I’ve definitely seen an increase in students, but also community members getting out, doing stuff out on the trails where if ten years ago, you were out, you would see a lot less people,” Bates said. “It’s a great element for Duluth.”

On Friday, many were out and about at Bagley Nature Center.

“I love living so close to it. I walk here quite frequently all four seasons,” Alice Guckin of Duluth said. “I think the fall colors are lovely.”

In addition to beautiful scenery, people can expect to encounter unique terrain along the winding trail—including small hills to prevent possible erosion over time, as well as, to make for a fun bike ride.

Jessica Picotte, a senior at UMD went biking with her friends along the trail for the first time Friday.

“Bagley is so beautiful right now. It's kind of unreal. I feel like I am used to Duluth falls going by really quickly, but this year, I feel like we are just getting a lot of nice weather and a lot of good colors,” Picotte said.

The Duluth Traverse Trail is a project that is being developed in partnership with the City Of Duluth and the Cyclists of the Gitchee Gumee Shores.

The trail is open year-round and open to walkers, runners and bikers, as well as, skiers and snowshoers. 

To see the original report and related stories, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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