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The Robert Frost Interpretive Trail now more accessible

May 9, 2021 GMT

It’s getting easier for people to tour the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail in Ripton.

The trail in the Vermont town where the famous poet spent many summers teaching and writing has seen dramatic upgrades to improve accessibility.

It now boasts a wider path with flatter, more secure surfaces for seniors and those who rely on mobility aids.

The trail is in the Moosalamo National Recreation Area, a 16,000-acre section of the 400,000-acre Green Mountain National Forest.

All along the trail, visitors encounter examples of Frost’s poetry, including what’s probably his most famous: “The Road Not Taken,” which is about those two roads that diverged in a yellow wood.

“It’s great to see things like this being done around the state,” Ed Paquin, the executive director of Disability Rights Vermont told MyNBC5. “I think some people make the assumption that a wild area is not an area for people like myself who use a wheelchair. If you can break that down a little bit, make it possible for everybody to use (the trails), then you’ve done a wonderful thing.”

Vermont U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy helped find the money for the upgrades.

“As an older person, he was here doing some of his very best work,” Leahy said of Frost.