Road Access Project
access road restoration project
Late March through mid-May 2017
We are thrilled to announce that Manitoga's Access Road Restoration Project is underway. This is a critical first step in Manitoga's overall site stabilization effort that will include storm water redress, Waterfall and Quarry Pool stabilization and restoration, perimeter fencing, and targeted reforestation of our woodland forest. It is also essential for the safety and continued growth of our visiting public.
Manitoga has been awarded a $200,000 matching grant towards the Road Project through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund. This important project will not only launch the capital stabilization program, it will significantly enhance and expand visitor access to Manitoga, allowing for a greater appreciation of this National Landmark, its vibrant programming, and of Russel Wright’s enduring design vision to live in harmony with nature.
The South Road (public entrance) will be reconfigured and re-graded with a new culvert system; a new turn-around will allow access by multi-passenger vehicles; the parking area will be enhanced and the entrance restored with wildflowers and native plantings. Work on the North Road (private entrance) includes building a vernal storm retention pond; introducing berms, swales and culverts to address storm water; stabilizing the road edges; and resurfacing the road with environmentally sound materials.
The results will be graceful and dramatic.
Closest Trail Access from Manitoga:
Castle Rock Unique Area: Route 9D North 1.5 miles to Wing and Wing Road. Right onto Wing and Wing. Bear left past house and barn, then bear right to gravel parking area. (Osborn Loop)
South Mountain Pass: 1 mile south on Route 9D to South Mountain Pass. Left onto South Mountain Pass about .5 miles. Parking on right hand side of road. (Appalachian Trail)
Special thanks to Arcus Gift Fund, Jacob and Gale Chapman, Frank B. R. Sahm, Jr. Charitable Foundation, Lostand Foundation, Melanie Dodson and David Granger Charitable Foundation, Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, and Zukowski Diamond Foundation.