Balch Hill, Hanover, NH
One of the most popular recreation areas in Hanover, Balch Hill is located close to town and offers stunning views out over the Connecticut River Valley. UVLT conserved a 10-acre parcel belonging to Ralph and Betty Hunter which provides part of the access to the hilltop. The area is maintained by the Hanover Conservancy, which offers a website with a trail map and interpretive information.
Bill Hill Trail, Thetford, VT
Bill Hill provides open hilltop views of the surrounding area. The short (approximately one half mile one-way) but relatively steep trail leads visitors past picturesque stonewalls and pastures, up the honeysuckle and raspberry-covered hillside, and to a peaceful spot to sit on a rock and take in the view from 800 feet up. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Boltonville Nature Trail, Newbury, VT
The Boltonville Nature Trail is located on the Al-lens Farm, which features more than 60 acres of conservation land split between farmland and forest. This trail connects to the Cross Vermont Trail, and is maintained by the Cross Vermont Trail Association and the Newbury Conservation Commission. Click for a map of the area trails.
Brushwood Community Forest, West Fairlee & Fairlee, VT
The Brushwood Forest is a large expanse of undeveloped forest land spanning several municipally-owned lots and multiple parcels of conserved land. The entire area stretches to 10,000 acres – but don’t worry, though you can explore as far as you want, there are shorter trails available too. One of the main parking areas for the forest is located on the UVLT-conserved Crawford parcel, which offers trail access into the forest. You can read about forest information and find a map on the West Fairlee webpage.
Clay Brook Trail, Lyme, NH
A 3-mile trail north of the village of Lyme, Clay Brook offers a trip through multiple ecosystem types as well as a view of history, from the bottom of the postglacial Lake Hitchcock, along an old Abenaki road, and through the region’s agrarian past. The wetlands host a variety of bird life, including herons and kingbirds. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Cobb Hill Trails, Hartland, VT
The Cobb Hill trails surround a working farm and co-housing community, which you are welcome to visit. The trails show every aspect of working land in the Upper Valley, from farm fields and pastures through sugarbush and managed forest. Ski trails are maintained in the winter. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Coburn Trail, Strafford, VT
Considered among Vermont’s best-preserved historic villages, Strafford Village was one of the first sites in the state to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The ¼ mile-long Coburn Trail leads up a steep hillside to the top of the meadow, to a picnic table with a beautiful view overlooking the village and the Ompompanoosuc River Valley in which it lies. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Colette Trail and Bicknell Loop Trail, Enfield, NH
The Colette Trail follows a portion of Bicknell Brook along its downstream course to Crystal Lake, connecting with the Bicknell Brook Trail Loop along the way. From cascading waterfalls to open beaver wetlands to climax forest to a lake environment, the Colette Trail offers a wide range of habitat diversity. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Cossingham Road Farm Trails, Norwich, VT
In the heart of the Norwich countryside, the Cossingham Road trails back up to the Appalachian Trail, enabling many loops connecting trails with picturesque dirt roads, and also offer several kilometers of groomed skiing in the winter. You’re likely to run into livestock like Highland cattle, but if you venture into the wooded part of the property you can also find incredible natural features like vernal pools. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Farnum Hill, Lebanon, NH
Seven miles of trails dot Farnum Hill, home of Poverty Lane Orchards and some of the most delicious apples and cider in the valley. Click for Trail Description and Map from the Lebanon Conservation Commission.
French’s Ledges & Farnum Trails, Meriden, NH
The top of French’s Ledges offer panoramic views of the White Mountains. Trails range from longer loops to short, steep ascents, and three different trailheads provide access to this local treasure. While the area is surrounded by hundreds of undeveloped acres, you can also see evidence of historical activity, from cellar holes to an old ski tow. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Grant Brook Trail & Big Rock Trail, Lyme, NH
Several trails follow Grant Brook along its path through Lyme. The lower trail traces the stream as it winds between farmland towards the river. The middle trail passes through the Big Rock nature area just of the back of the town common. The upper trail is situated in upland forest above the waterfalls which historically hosted a tannery. Click for Lower Trail Map, middle (Big Rock Trail) Map, or Upper Trail Map.
Hazen Trail, Norwich & Wilder, VT
The mile and a half of trail from Norwich to Wilder connects to the Montshire Museum’s Ridge Trail and its popular planet walk. The path skirts the edge of farm fields and into the forest along the Connecticut River and includes sections through two different UVLT conserved farms. Click for a Trail Description or a Trail Map.
Hughes Forest, Thetford, VT
Featuring hundreds of acres of woodlands, four beaver pond complexes, and some open fields, the Hughes Forest is a vast resource for Thetford residents. You’re likely to run into large mammals and a variety of bird life if you visit the property off of the Sawnee Bean road. It is maintained by the Thetford Conservation Commission, which provides a map of the forest.
Leavitt Hill Wetland, Grantham, NH
This remote tract features 90 acres of wetland and forest habitat, as well as the remnants of a farming past with old stone walls and foundations. It’s accessed by the Class IV Leavitt Hill Road and is surrounded by other conserved lands and a Town Forest. There are no marked trails, but plenty of moose habitat to walk around in. To reach this property, take Exit 14 on I-89, then drive south on Old Route 10; after 2.5 miles turn right onto Miller Pond Road. The property is located about 1.5 miles along Leavitt Hill Road from a small pullout area just after Miller Pond Road crosses under the interstate. Click for a map of the property’s natural features.
Lone Oak Trail, Bath, NH
The Lone Oak Trail is one of the steepest trails in the UVLT portfolio – but if you climb up to the height of land, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views out over Vermont, New Hampshire, and three rivers: the Connecticut, the Wells, and the Ammonoosuc. The farmland and forests traversed by the trail belong to the Lackie Farm, UVLT’s northernmost project. The trailhead is located on Abbot Avenue just north of Woodsville. Click for a Location and Trail Map.
Mill Road Floodplain Preserve, Lebanon, NH
The Mill Road preserve features wetlands, forest, and riparian habitats along the Mascoma River. Access comes from the discontinued Mill Road, which continues into the site; because of flooding, no formal trails have been built. However, there are plenty of small footpaths to explore along the river, and it’s also adjacent to the Northern Rail Trail. To access this property, take Exit 17 off of I-89 and onto Route 4 East for a bit over a mile. Just before the road crosses over the Mascoma River, turn left onto Mill Road. Park at the gate and walk in. Click for a location map.
Milton Frye Nature Area Trails, Norwich, VT
The Milton Frye Nature Area comprises nearly 35 acres behind the Marion Cross Elementary School in Norwich, offering easy access to nature from just within the village. It is managed by a community board and also hosts all sorts of activities for kids and adults. Click for a map and the Milton Frye Nature Area Committee’s website.
Mink Brook Nature Preserve & Trails, Hanover, NH
The Mink Brook trails traverse the area between the two biggest roads connecting Lebanon and Hanover: Route 10 and Route 120. Despite its location between busy thoroughfares, Mink Brook affords a special sense of quiet, whether you are padding through the forest or following the babbling brook. It’s a favorite place for lunchtime strolls, or for many of the area’s runners. Click for Map or the Hanover Conservancy’s Mink Brook webpage.
Moulton Trail & Cole Brook Trail, Meriden, NH
The Moulton trail was made for birders: it connects the Helen Woodruff Smith Bird Sanctuary with the town-owned Benson Lot. But it’s also a wonderful 1.5-mile wander for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers. The Cole Brook Trail continues into the Benson Lot and can make a loop to Cram Hill Road. Directions can be found using Plainfield’s interactive natural resources map.
My Walden, Sharon, VT
A network of well-maintained roads and trails enable visitors to traverse most all the property on foot or skies/snowshoes. Wheeled and motorized vehicles (e.g. bikes, trucks, snow-mobiles) and horses are not permitted. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature close-up, by one of the waterfalls, for example, or far off, looking at distant mountains atop of the open meadows or fields. Click for a Map.
Paradise Park & Lake Runnemede, Windsor, VT
Lake Runnemede is a unique body of water body: so pure and alkaline that it hosts a species of pondweed only found in six lakes in the entire country. Surrounded by beautiful forest, the lake has been appreciated by generations of Windsor residents. UVLT helped conserve part of the area that now comprises the town’s Paradise Park. You can find a trail map on their website.
Post Mills Natural Area, Thetford, VT
100 acres once slated for a landfill, the Post Mills Natural area now provides summer and winter recreation opportunities for area residents. The area featured multiple forest types as well as frontage on the Lake Fairlee outlet. It is maintained by the Thetford Conservation Commission, where you can find a map of the trails and paths.
Rikert Broad Brook Trail & Veterans Memorial, Sharon & South Royalton, VT
This Trail is Closed Until Further Notice.
The Rikert Trail can be hiked in the summer and skied or snowshoed in the winter, and traverses gradual terrain along Broad Brook. It’s a memorial to Hugh Rikert, a World War II veteran who purchased the parcel when he finished his service. Rikert, who passed away in 2000, wanted to share the serenity of this corner of Vermont with fellow veterans. The Rikert Trail was his way of doing so. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Sally Drew Trail, Vershire, VT
This trail to the top of Patterson Mountain is named for Sally Drew, who found a way to purchase a large tract of land and conserve it in 1991. Drew then donated the top of the mountain to the town of Vershire, and sold the rest of the property. The trail that bears her name provides an opportunity to see natural forest succession in action, in addition to beautiful views over eastern Vermont. It has since been incorporated into the Cross Rivendell Trail. You can explore the area and find directions using the Cross Rivendell Trail online interactive map.
Shea Town Forest, Corinth, VT
A parcel of woods nestled between Cookeville and the Washington-Corinth Highlands and adjacent to other UVLT-conserved land, the Shea Town Forest provides trail access through a forest that has been increasingly posted as private. It is managed by the Corinth Town Forest Committee and an active and dedicated group of community members, who also maintain a Shea Forest page with directions to the forest and a map.
Signal Hill, Lebanon, NH
Beautiful overlooks from old logging roads and views of Croydon Mountain, Mount Ascutney and Blueberry Hill. UVLT helped the City of Lebanon acquire and conserve this land which got its name because it was once part of the old chain of signal hills and mountains that date back to the Revolutionary War days when signal fires were lit atop the hills to indicate that the Redcoats were coming. The City posts a map, directions and more information.
Slade Brook & Jim and Evalyn Hornig Natural Area, Hanover, NH
A quiet piece of property in the Hanover Forest, Slade Brook offers access to myriad different natural habitats along the beautiful Waterfall Trail. It is maintained by the Hanover Conservancy in honor of its longtime leader “and a dedicated UVLT partner” Jim Hornig, and his wife Evalyn. Find out more about the area, including a trail map, at the Hanover Conservancy’s Slade Brook page.
Sleepers Meadow Trails, Newbury, VT
The Sleepers Meadow Trails in Newbury start off in a historic farmstead, but soon draw hikers, bikers, snowshoers, and skiers into quiet forests. One striking feature is a large field which provides views over the Connecticut River into New Hampshire. Click for Trail Description or Map.
Starr Hill, Lebanon, NH
Starr Hill provides a comfortable spot of nature close to several of Lebanon’s most populated areas. It was conserved and donated to the City of Lebanon through the generosity of Sid and Laurel Letter, who took out a second mortgage on their home in order to purchase the property and ensure that it has public access forever. You can read more about this remarkable act here, and find a map of the area thanks to the Lebanon Conservation Commission.
Thurber Memorial Forest, Unity, NH
A large tract of forest in the east corner of Unity, the Thurber property was conserved in memory of Ina and Nathaniel Thurber by their daughter Laura Ryan – and in fact, the family owned the land since first arriving in Unity in the mid-1700’s. That history is visible in the stone walls and foundations that lie scattered in the woods. The parcel now boasts a wonderful trail network and convenient parking access. Access is at 400 Lear Hill Road in Newport.
Trout Pond Trail, Lyme, NH
Trout Pond was one of the UVLT’s earliest big projects, and after it was conserved it was donated to the town of Lyme. You can now visit a mild three-quarter mile trail that takes walkers and snowshoers from a class IV road to the picturesque and perfectly quiet pond below Smarts Mountain. The south side of the pond is home to a rich wetland complex, while the forest is equally fun to explore. Click for Trail Description or Map.
True’s Ledges Trails, Lebanon, NH
True’s Ledges are a popular swimming hole along along a rocky gorge where True’s Brook loses some serious elevation. Protected in 1998, UVLT maintains a third of a mile of easy, but somewhat hazardous trail to reach the gorge. Click for Trail Description and Map.
Two Rivers Conservation Area, Lebanon, NH
Once the site of sand and gravel mining, this land at the confluence of the Mascoma and Connecticut Rivers is a rebounding natural area with floodplain forest and wetland. UVLT acquired the land and transferred it to the City of Lebanon in 1990. Click for More information and Map.
Upwey Farm Trail, South Woodstock, VT
When UVLT protected the Upwey Farm Trails, we were conserving a favorite spot for horseback riders and snowmobilers, not just walkers. The trail begins along a gravel farm road and winds through the forest. This trail is jointly managed by the Green Mountain Horse Association and the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST). Click for a Map.
Windsor & Weathersfield Trails on Mt. Ascutney, Windsor & Weathersfield, VT
Mount Ascutney, the highest peak in Windsor County at 3,130 feet, has lured area hikers for years. In 2000, UVLT protected a 300-acre parcel in Windsor which included one of the main trails to access the summit. This is part of an ongoing effort to preserve all hiking access to Ascutney for the future, including the Weathersfield Trail. A map of all the trails on Ascutney can be found thanks to the State Park website
Wright’s Mountain Trail, Bradford, VT
A variety of trails are scattered around the Wright’s Mountain area of Bradford. There’s access from three different parking areas and hiking opportunities include both a lookout from high atop the mountain to the Devil’s Den area, a favorite haunt of local recreationalists and nature enthusiasts. These trails are maintained by the Bradford Conservation Commission. Click for Trail Description and Map.