New trail at Fort Martin Scott to open
The Fort Martin Scott Nature Trail constructed at Fort Martin Scott will be open to the public beginning at 2 p.m. Monday, June 17.
Located at 1606 E. Main St, the trail was constructed to bring more visitors to the fort and allow a view of the nature and native wildlife.
With the help of the Fredericksburg Rotary Club, Fort Martin Scott Friends, Friends of Fredericksburg Nature Center and the City of Fredericksburg, the trail has been constructed over the past six months.
The Fort Martin Scott Friends, a non-profit organization, spearheaded the construction of the trail with the help of the Fredericksburg City Council and the adoption of the trail by the Rotary Club as their annual community project.
“We wanted to draw more attention to Fort Martin Scott,” said Andrea Schmidt, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fredericksburg. “We thought if we could add a birding and nature trail, we could bring more people to the fort.”
The Rotary Club has constructed a bird blind to include on the trail to allow walkers to have a view of the local animals that surround the fort, including ducks, whitetail and axis deer, turtles, birds, fish and snakes.
“This will bring in a whole new group of people that doesn’t even know the fort is out there,” Schmidt said. “We are trying to raise awareness that the fort does exist.”
After half a year of construction, with the help of the City of Fredericksburg Engineering Department, the trail will open Monday, June 17 with a ceremony.
The Chamber of Commerce will be cutting the ribbon as speakers from the Rotary Club and the City will welcome visitors and introduce the trail.
The Fort Martin Scott Nature Trail will be open to visitors from dusk until dawn and is a mile long in its entirety.