This trail honors Minna Anthony Common, a remarkable woman who overcame significant social and economic barriers to become a respected writer, naturalist, and trail steward. Minna, who first traveled to the island as a child with her grandmother by boat, asked members of the Thousand Island Park Garden Club if they would sponsor a nature trail if she would lay it out, mark it and look after it. They agreed. In 1935 the trail opened, with 560 guests registering for the first season. Over the next ten summers, nearly 10,000 people signed the trail register!