Hwy 142 Access | Turtle
Island | Ridge Runner Trail
Turtle Island is a river access only (float) camp located
along the Eleven Point National Scenic River. The challenge of the
project was to design a boat docking facility that provided river users
access to the hill top camping facilities. The "steepness" of the
hillside limited construction options. A solution was found that
used the diagonal alignment to increase step "run" distance and allow an
appropriate step tread "rise." The result is a graceful travel way
that can integrate with difficult topography, reflect the existing ground
character, and use low impact site construction techniques.
Specialized footing brackets allow precision alignment
of each step along the rocky Missouri hillside. The site impact is
low because most of the construction is done in the step path, and only
the "serrated" step edges need to be shaped and seeded with native grasses.
The step alignment technique was featured on the cover of The National
Park Service, "Park Practice Design", Fall,1980.
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