The 148-acre Morey Mountain Conservation Area is near two other UVLT-owned properties – Cliff’s Cliff at the Palisades and the Blendina and Harold Sargent Preserve – and is within a larger area identified as a “hot spot” by the VT agency of Natural Resources due to an abundance of rare, endangered, or threatened species. The property includes rare plants and portions of a Hemlock-Sphagnum Acidic Basin Swamp, a natural community that’s rare in the State of Vermont. The eastern portion of the property buffers an active nesting area for peregrine falcons.
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 trail network at Morey Mountain Conservation Area has a self guided tour of the diverse natural areas found on the property. The locations of the sign boards are noted on the trail map.
The Morey Mountain Conservation Area parking area is located at 4707 Lake Morey Road, Fairlee, VT. There is room for 6-8 cars and the Morey Mountain Trail network can be accessed from this location.
The Story of Morey Mountain Conservation Area
The Lake Morey Foundation joined with UVLT to protect this hillside, which forms the eastern scenic backdrop to Lake Morey. In an inspiring grassroots effort, the Foundation raised more than $400,000 to purchase this property and transfer it to UVLT for permanent conservation stewardship.
Morey Mountain Natural Resource Inventory Presentation by Max Nash-Howe
In December 2019 UVLT Intern Max Nash-Howe presented his natural resource inventory and proposed management plan for UVLT’s Morey Mountain Conservation Area.