Wild Walk gives NY museum visitors treetop view of forest

AP News
Posted: Jul 05, 2015 12:24 PM

TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. (AP) — A new wooden walkway in New York's Adirondack Mountains takes nature lovers on a tour of the treetops to let them experience the forest from the perspective of the birds and beasts that live there.

The $5.5 million Wild Walk is set on the 80 wooded acres of the Wild Center, an interactive natural history museum in Tupper Lake. It opened Saturday.

The elevated trail has a series of winding bridges and platforms 40 feet above the ground. Visitors can climb through a realistic four-story replica of a hollow pine tree, gaze at Adirondack peaks from a lofty eagle's nest or bounce in a giant spider's web.

Museum director Stephanie Ratcliffe says the Wild Walk expands on the nature center's work of connecting people with nature.