Upcoming Events

Fall Foliage Fest

Self Guided
This fall UVLT is hosting another virtual trail challenge! Looking to get outside and hike this fall as a way to see the leaves change colors? Look no further than these four hikes! Complete all four hikes, fill out the form, and send it in to alison.marchione@uvlt.org by November 1st to receive a UVLT patch!
Don’t forget to tag @uppervalleylandtrust on facebook or instagram in your hiking photos!

Form to fill out for the Fall Foliage Fest

The Dismal at Pressey Brook, East Hanover, NH

The Dismal at Pressy Brook is a 213 acre forest and wetland complex in Hanover, NH generously donated to UVLT by Ann and Harte Crowe. The trails at The Dismal run on both sides of Goose Pond Road. Begin from the parking lot on the west side of Goose Pond Road and head west into a 2 mile network of looping forested trails suitable for hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. On the east side of the road is a short, quarter mile loop trail with views of the expansive wetland from which the property gets its name “The Dismal” after the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina. A trail map for the property can be found here.

Linny Levin Trail and Zebedee Wetlands, Thetford, VT

Zebedee geeseSituated off of Houghton Hill Road in Thetford, the Zebedee Wetland was protected as a result of a huge community effort. It’s a favorite visiting spot for the Thetford Elementary School as well as many other area residents. The Linny Levin Trail traverses the wetlands and offers several spurs to vantage points over the beaver-maintained pond system. Click for a Map.

Morey Mountain Conservation Area, Fairlee, VT

The Morey Mountain Conservation Area parking area can be accessed at 4707 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT. Four miles of looping trails run through the majority of the property from the Lake Morey Road parking lot, up through the forest, and eventually connecting with the Palisades trail to a beautiful lookout over Route 5 and the Connecticut River.

The property includes portions of a Hemlock-Sphagnum Acidic Basin Swamp, a natural community considered rare in the State of Vermont, as well as vascular plants considered rare or extremely rare in the state. The eastern portion of the property buffers an active nesting area for peregrine falcons, making careful management of this area of critical importance to the success of the birds. Click for a Trail Map

BarncloseupAdairMountain View Farm, Orford, NH

This 146 acres property is a mix of forest, field and water that was once part of a group of successful farms in the 1800’s in a section of Orford known as Quinttown. The reclusive Billy Brown owned the property into with 1950’s with no electricity or running water and a road that wasn’t maintained through the winter. Visiting the property is like stepping back in time with no power lines or structures visible from the land’s 360 degree panoramic view. The property boasts a small cabin and historic barn, with a trail that goes through the farm fields to the shores of Mason Pond. Trail map here. Information about the conservation project here.

Writing the Land: Poems from the Special Places of the Upper Valley

November 3rd, 2021


 As the weather changes and the days grow short cuddle up in a cozy sweater and a warm drink and indulge in this lunch time poetry reading. We will be hosting three poets who wrote poems about three different natural areas in the Upper Valley:

Christopher Locke: True’s Ledges
Jessica Purdy: The Dismal
Hope Jordan: Up on the Hill

Join us to listen to the poets read their work and engage in a Q & A afterward.

In collaboration with Writing the Land, a product of NatureCulture. Writing the Land is an attempt to honor nature and our relationship with it in a way that is as equitable and transparent as it is deep and entangled. As poets and advocates, we declare our intention that the scope of this project be as inclusive—to humans and places—as we hope the mantle of protection that land trusts offer can be. Our work in writing the land will never be complete but rather gains strength, depth, beauty, and energy from a multitude of voices. More info about the Writing the Land project can be found here.