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December 2, 2022

Our Annual Appeal.

Celebrating 2022 and looking forward to a big 2023.

Amazing – we are celebrating the first year of the Cross Vermont Trail Winooski Bridge being open to the public! Since the ribbon cutting last June, a steady stream of people have enjoyed the bridge and the first 1.5 miles of new trail leading to it. Every day we see trail users of all ages, all speeds, walking, biking, tail wagging – and a lot of smiling. The bridge has also gotten attention in the larger world, including "Project of the Year" at the 2022 Vermont Bike-Ped Conference.

You can help us keep the momentum going. Ambitious work is planned for the year ahead, and we need your support. Thank you to those who have made a recent donation to CVTA! If you haven’t given already, please consider making an end-of-year gift to power our progress into 2023.

Make a donation.

Right now – with your help - we are working to:

* Build many more miles of trail on either side of the Winooski Bridge - up to the U-32 School and on across East Montpelier from the Montpelier Bike Path to the Montpelier & Wells River Railtrail east of Route 14. The remainder of the Winooski Bridge trail project is being completed and opened in phases over the course of 2022 - 2024.

* Secure permission from additional landowners to keep moving the Cross Vermont Trail route off of the road. In 2022 we closed on four additional permanent trail easements, and are looking ahead to many more.

* Provide leverage to community partners to achieve our larger vision of joining together local paths into a logical network connecting villages, schools, and wild natural areas. There is a snowballing of interest, and local support, to complete the Cross Vermont Trail in all parts of the state. Just a couple of 2022 examples: the Town of Groton has begun a major upgrade to the railbed including working with CVTA to find ways to move the trail completely off road; Village of Wells River committed significant seed funding to jump start CVTA to work with landowners on potential trail routes from the regional school to the village.

* Maps and signs all along the trail route will be getting a long due reboot next year, with a special focus on improving accessibility and inclusiveness. In 2022 CVTA has joined with a group of similar small conservation organizations in Vermont to pool our resources and start to come up with nuts and bolts best practices to make sure the land and trails we help care for are inviting and functional for everyone.

After many years of quietly laying a base foundation, CVTA is now rising up to meet the challenge of being a sustainable organization. We will be capable of providing well maintained, accessible outdoor recreation and safe off road transportation for the long haul. To reach this sustainable level, we need help from loyal supporters like each of you who believe in our mission.

Haven’t Read our 2021-2025 Strategic Plan? Here it is in a nutshell: Increase off-road trail mileage + Build capacity sustainably + Expand awareness of our work + Leverage partnerships.

CVTA Executive Director Greg Western is busy working alongside volunteers to take care of what we’ve built together AND he is talking with a wide range of land owners and town trail groups to plan for building more off-road trail. Trail stewardship, trail building and strong community relations are the DNA of the Cross Vermont Trail Association. Thank you for believing in us! Please help us continue, your support is vital.

Read our full annual letter here (pdf).

Happy Trails!

Mike Thomas, Chair, and Rose Paul, Secretary, and all of the CVTA Board

November 29, 2022

Putting the Winooski Bridge trail work site to bed for the winter.

Thanks to Norwich students, doing service projects over Thanksgiving break, who spread seed, straw and eroson control blankets to close up, for now, the trail project in the U-32 Forest.

We'll be back in the spring to complete the trail and get it officially open by early summer. Meanwhile, giving thanks for a big year of trailbuilding, whew!

November 23, 2022

Not quite long enough. A few more days of work this fall in the U-32 School Forest before we put things to bed for the year

The VYCC school crew has set the sills and assembled the stringers for the next small wooden bridge. The remainder of the carptenty work will happen over the course of the winter (give a shout if interested in joining in on this), and then next spring we'll be back to finish the trail building - aiming to open up early summer 2023.

If you are around this Saturday Nov 26 and want to help close down the work site with a final round of spreading seed and straw on the new trail, we'll be meeting at 10 AM at the Winooski Bridge, near the hydrodam. A group of Norwich students will be helping, and any local volunteers (and their out of town guests!) who want to can drop in throughout the late morning and early afternoon - it's a many hands light work job.

October 22, 2022

Actually, "keep digging" sometimes DOES get you out of the hole.

Making trail while the sun shines, at least another week to go in the U-32 School Forest, to get the all the new trail roughed in. (Final treadway gravel, small bridges and railings to come next Spring.)

October 18, 2022

Stumbling across many new-to-me mushrooms, scouting ahead for each next section of digging on the new trail through U-32 Forest.

The trail from the Winooski Bridge up through the forest to the school, and then back down to the railbed trail (the powerplant access road) should be roughed in by the end of the fall. And then next spring will get all the finishing touches - like gravel tread - so can be officially opened.

October 15, 2022

Installing a curb on the railing where the new trail approaches the Winooski Bridge, to keep the treadway gravel (which is remarkably expensive, it turns out, and worth holding on to) from washing over the side here where the side is so steep.

Thanks to students from U-32, Spaulding, plus local volunteers, all lead by a team from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps for chipping away at this careful detail work!

October 5, 2022

Students from U-32 and Spaulding are teaming up with leaders from Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to build trail by Winooski Bridge, in the school forest.

Starting with hauling in and helping to set some large culverts. Solved the tortoise-hare riddle by simply choosing to be fast turtles (they teach outside the box thinking at U-32, famously.)

September 25, 2022

Snagged a perfect Fall day, after last week of grey rain, for the 25th annual Foliage Ride on the Cross Vermont Trail yesterday in Groton. Good times, nice to meet folks and ride with them out on the trail!

September 12, 2022

Groton Forest Trail Run was certainly a pleasant time this past weekend. It was great to see so many people all smiling and out together enjoying the amazing connected trail network that ties through the State Forest.

They say that the race is not to the swift, but some people are swift anyway. And some people take an extra lap around the pond because it's so beautiful. All kinds. Results are up: on the event ultrasignup page.

September 5, 2022

Speaking of the Johnnie Brook Trail, also have caught up on nipping the gullying that was starting at the drop off section on the east end - ditching, dipping, graveling, grading. All the best things.

September 5, 2022

Funny story. So, someone tried to drive a minivan down the Johnnie Brook Trail, and made it a few car lengths onto the boardwalk before getting good and stuck. Good news - I'm here to tell you there is no minivan made by man that may slay the JBT boardwalk. Patched a few spots on the railing. Put up a sign to clue in future drivers. Back in action as a trail.

September 1, 2022

And that's a wrap - first full August volunteer trail crew camp since pre-covid was a success, whew! Thanks to all who volunteered, from a few days to a few weeks. We covered a lot of ground on a variety of projects along the trail.

August 31, 2022

Continuing to swim through details of the big project connecting from the Winooski Bridge up to where the rail trail begins at Rte 14. A gung ho volunteer group made light work of salvaging old boards and reassembling a new improved screening fence alongside the future trail alignment. This is where the future trail will jump Route 2 and climb the hill from the river to 14. We're threading the needle here (again), squeaking through a small easement across the corner of a residential property in order to get to the open country beyond. We really appreciate homeowners working with us to make the trail fit here!

August 25, 2022

CVTA's Americorps member from back in 2016/2017, Duncan, has returned to visit after spending the last few years working as a sawyer on wildland fire crews out west. "Do you have any trees that need to be cut?" he asks. Well . . . it just so happens. Most of the new trail being built now in U-32 Forest is steering between the big trees, but there are a few we could not avoid.

August 22, 2022

Seeding and mulching as new sections of trail are completed leading from the Winooski Bridge. Making unexpected acquaintances along the way.

August 20, 2022

Putting in informational sign boards along the Cross Vt Trail route.

Our annual August volunteer trail crew has been in full swing the past few weeks, catching up on a variety of needed tasks, looks good keep digging!

August 8, 2022

Railroad work ongoing alongside Montpelier Bike Path - but path is open.

Railroad work is ongoing alongside the Montpelier Bike Path - the "rail with trail" portion, near the round-a-bout on Route 2 and Route 302 at the east end of Montpelier. The path was closed for a couple of weeks late July and August, but has been reopened with a rebuilt crossing of the rails (and fancy trail sized railroad crossing signs.) The path should be mostly open while the railroad work is ongoing nearby, but it's possible there could be periodic short term closures, look for notices on site.

July 26, 2022

Oops, trail closed - temporarily. This is on the Siboinibi Path (Montpelier Bike Path) just east of the Rte2/Rte302 roundabout (across the street from Agway). The train tracks are being rebuilt here, another component of the railroad work that has been going on for a couple of years now. The current schedule at this location, we are told, is that the path will be reopened, better than before, by August 4. With the caveat that the schedule "depends on if there are delays", so we'll see, but closed at least for a couple of weeks looks like. The alternate route is to go along Route 2 between the closure location and Pioneer Street (or to Main St during times when Pioneer St is also close, also for railroad work). Route 2 does have a sidewalk a lot of this distance.

July 21, 2022

Archeological testing on the last section of the Big Project connecting from the Winooski Bridge up to where the rail trail starts now on Route 14. We're wrapping up the last of the permit reviews needed to finish out the full trail to Route 14, including digging some test pits to learn if any historic artifacts that we might need to work around. Thanks to Crown Consulting Archaeology out of Winooski for their help sifting through all this! So far, just finding dirt - and a trunk of Spanish Doubloons, but never mind that.

July 8, 2022

Progress along the trail in the U-32 Forest. Just finished details on the first of the (relatively) small wooden bridges needed. At least two more to go. This is an ongoing volunteer opportunity - either on one of the group days, or on your own time - give a shout if interested!

July 7, 2022

Have graveled in and smoothed out the mysterious collapse that appeared across the Johnnie Brook Trail earlier this summer. Sure looks like it was a tunnel - the size of a rabbit or groundhog - and the roof just fell in. First time I've seen that! Have read about it, though, and so worked quickly for concern of General Woundwort showing up to dispute command of the situation.

July 5, 2022

All kinds of flowers are out along the trail right now.

June 27, 2022

Lanterne rouge! These guys taught me the term. 2022 Central Vt Cycle Tour yesterday was super clear and bright, could really see wrinkles in the mountains, wisps of hay fluttering off many tractor hauled wagons, all sharing the road with 142 riders. See you next year!

June 19, 2022

Making the grade on the trail up to U-32 with sand salvaged from behind the Winooski hydro dam. (They have to dredge the dam annually to keep runoff from upstream clogging the works.) It seems like clean material, except for a startling number of golf balls. Are these from the driving range by Delairs?

June 18, 2022

Wind on the water this Saturday. One thing I like about annual Attack the Knotweed day along the Montpelier Bike Path is the chance to see a different angle, the city from the river.

June 11, 2022

Welcome to Ceara Rush, CVTA's 2022 Americorps Member, who has swooped in with her long black cape to bring justice to the trails of this city.

We have a second Americorps spot available.

Interested in outdoor work for the summer? Want to make a difference you can see? The Cross Vermont Trail Association seeks applicants for our AmeriCorps position OPEN NOW. You will develop trail building and maintenance skills and have the opportunity to learn group leadership skills with volunteer trail crews.

This position is Quarter Time: Requires 455 hours of service for an average of 40 hours per week for 13 weeks. Member will receive a living allowance of $5,400 (pre-tax), and an education award of $1,678.57 (pre-tax) upon successful completion of service. Other benefits include health insurance, federal school loan forbearance, and various training and networking opportunities.

Job description and how to apply here:

June 4, 2022

The Winooski Bridge is open to the public! Together with 1.5 mi extension of Montp Bike Path from Gallison Hill Rd to new trailhead parking on Route 2. The Ribbon Is No More!

The Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) formally opened and dedicated the new Winooski Bridge in East Montpelier and Berlin on Saturday June 4. The new bridge is keystone link in a growing regional trail network. On June 4 one and half miles of new trail on either side of the bridge were also officially opened, extending the Montpelier Bike Path from Gallison Hill Road east along the old Montpelier & Wells River railroad bed for one mile, then across the new bridge and further on an additional half mile of newly constructed trail upstream along the Winooski River to a new trailhead parking lot on Route 2.

The ribbon cutting was attended by over 70 people who gathered on the bridge (it held!) and cheered as the large red ribbon was cut with lopping shears. Additional people, including many children and people of all ages, walked or biked by during the ceremony, as the new trail is already proving to be an attraction to local trail users.

Keynote speeches were given by Haley Pero from the office of Senator Sanders; Commissioner of Forests, Parks and Recreation Michael Snyder; Director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (and trail building volunteer) Gus Seelig; and Mayor of Montpelier Anne Watson. They emphasized that this was a true grass roots project with a small non profit organization, the CVTA, coordinating and pulling together a jigsaw puzzle of public funding from federal, state and municipal sources, with CVTA raising matching funds of $350,000 in private money contributed by hundreds of local individuals.

Finally, a brief ceremony dedicated the bridge to Esther Salmi and Tom Smith. Their memorial plaque reads: "Both were involved in the greater Montpelier community, enjoying cycling, running, hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Their commitment to fitness and respect for the environment live on in those who appreciate the outdoors." The bridge also memorializes John Warshow, an early and long time project supporter who, as one of the partners who created the Winooski Hydroelectric Company that reopened the power dam here and which owns the old railroad bridge abutments, was one of the first people CVTA talked with about the possibility of a trail on the old railbed.

A reproduction of an original railroad granite mile marker was unveiled. (Only 37 miles to go to Wells River!) The memorial plaques, for the people whom the bridge is in memory of, are mounted on this stone.

"It's amazing to see people out on the trail and crossing the bridge, like it's always been there" said Greg Western, Cross Vermont Trail Association Executive Director. "The past few weeks, once the physical work was done and the construction contractor was no longer on site, I have seen a regular stream of families with kids, older people on e-bikes, people casting fishing lines from the bridge, all day long."

Further trail construction is ongoing. When complete, the CVTA project will include five miles of additional trail. The new trail will connect to the U-32 school and the East Montpelier trail to the north, plus there will be new walking trails along the banks of the Winooski River for fishing, boating and just enjoying the water; and a final extension of the main bike path across East Montpelier to Route 14 where the current trail begins on the railbed and continues in various forms east across the state. For project updates and timelines go to or call 802-498-0079. Trail users should be aware that sections of the trail still being built will be cordoned off from public access during active construction; any closed areas will be clearly marked.

June 1, 2022

Ready for our ribbon now.

The Cross Vermont Trail Association will officially open the 200-foot long Winooski River Bridge in East Montpelier on Saturday June 4 from 2-3:30.

The bridge is open for you to use! We are officially cutting the ribbon on it and the newest sections of trail on either side of bridge.

On the afternoon of June 4 we'll have some celebratory speaking, an actual ribbon WILL be cut, and finally a dedication of the bridge in memory of several people important to the project and the trail community.

Short guided hikes by CVTA Board members will be available to explain the work that has been done and is planned to happen over the next couple years, building out the full five miles of new trail that will complete the full project up to U-32 and along the Winooski across East Montpelier to Route 14.

If you plan to attend: Most folks should plan to park at Central Vermont Memorial Civic Center 268 Gallison Hill Road in Montpelier, walk or ride the pleasant one-mile section of old railbed, now the newest section of the Cross Vermont Trail - to the bridge site. (For those who may need to, it's OK to drive down the railbed this day and park by the dam. Just talk with the folks directing parking when you arrive and they can steer you through.)

Open to the public, no registration needed. Please join us, you CAN get there from here!

May 26, 2022

Cleaned up and defined the parking area at the new Gallison Hill Rd trailhead. In the past, people have parked at various locations along the railbed when going for walks or bike rides here.

Going forward though, we'd like to ask folks to use just this designated location, on the side of the bed a few hundred feet from the intersection of the railbed with Gallison Hill Rd (across from the Civic Center.) Please do not park on the railbed itself anymore, we don't want parked cars blocking the travel way.

May 25, 2022

Putting down crushed stone surface on the trail between the Winooski Bridge and the "behind the guardrail" segment alongside Route 2 - polishing the connection out to the current project end point at the Route 2 trailhead parking.

May 24, 2022

Folks have been out in force already this spring, taking full advantage of the new segment of trail as it has been completed, or a little before. It's cool.

May 6, 2022

The recognition of our peers, that's the best! The Cross Vermont Trail Winooski Bridge won "project of the year" at this year's Vermont Walk/Bike Summit.

May 1, 2022

Taking advantage of this sunny spring to get a jump on roughing out the trails through the U-32 Forest connecting from the Winooski Bridge and the old railbed up to the school (and eventually the East Montpelier trail network beyond.)

We're chipping away at this over the course of 2022, aiming to open this portion of the big project by end of the year, or early 2023.

April 26, 2022

Back to work. Thanks to Willey Construction for helping us connect the new Winooski Bridge down to the railbed that goes past the hydro dam and out to Gallison Hill Road.

This is possible because Winooski Hydro Co. and Green Mountain Power gave permanent public access easements for (non-motorized) use of the old railbed by walkers, bikers, and what not.

April 4, 2022

WCAX Channel 3 reports on the recently funded "Groton Gateway Project" and planned improvements to the Cross Vermont Trail. See the video here.

March 29, 2022

Three communities along the Cross Vermont Trail receive major grants to promote and improve access to trails and outdoor recreation.

Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation announced on Monday March 28 the award of nearly 5 million dollars in funding to 24 outdoor recreation projects statewide including three - in Groton, Cabot and Montpelier - that will help extend the Cross Vermont Trail network.

Cross Vermont Trail Association (CVTA) Board Chair Mike Thomas, from Wells River, was quick to offer congratulations. "This is what the Cross Vermont Trail Association calls a success story, when neighboring communities each buy in to the larger dream of a connected four season multi use path across their respective boundaries, from Lake Champlain to the Connecticut." CVTA supported each community's application, and is looking forward to working with them as the work is done.

These grants are a part of the Vermont Outdoor Recreation Economic Collaborative (VOREC). VOREC is a State program, guided by a steering committee made up of Vermont businesses and non-profits including outdoor manufacturers, retailers, brand representatives, trail and user groups. The goal of VOREC is to support recreation in natural settings in order to help maintain a healthy outdoor economy that invites visitors to our State, while also promoting a good quality of life for residents.

The three grants are:

Town of Groton: "Gateway Project", upgrading the Cross Vermont Trail that connects from the Village to Groton State Forest and to Pine Mountain wildlife area. Also securing new public greenspace along the Wells River, building new parking lot near the Village and improving signage town wide along the trail.

Town of Cabot: Building connections between the Village of Cabot, the Town’s four-season trail network, the Cross Vermont Trail and the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail.

City of Montpelier: Strengthening downtown connection to existing outdoor recreation assets through the construction of two connector trails, tieing together with Cross Vermont Trail projects now underway in neighboring East Montpelier.

Michael Nahmias from the Town of Groton Planning Commission accepted the grant award from Governor Scott on Monday. "The village of Groton is a natural trailhead to explore this great area" said Nahmias. "We can't wait to get started on the Gateway Project and cleanly tie our village center via the upgraded Cross Vermont Trail to the state forest lands and beyond."

(I couldn't paraphrase Michael's quote better myself, really, that was my best effort.)

February 13, 2022

Cross Vermont Trail: Winooski Bridge and new trail across East Montpelier project:

Fundraising goal done! Trail construction under full steam 2022 and 2023.

Last December we told you about the need to raise the last leg of funding for our "big project" - to meet a challenge grant awarded CVTA by the Northern Borders Regional Commission for the last phase of the project along Route 2 and up to Route 14. This was the last of the identified needed funding to complete the full "Winooski Bridge Project" - the bridge and five miles of new trail. We are more than excited to announce that the challenge has been met!

With donations from many local individuals at the end of last year and now a major grant from the State of Vt just announced this week - we have got the budget we think we need to finish the complete trail from Gallison Hill Rd in Montpelier, up to U-32, then over the new Winooski Bridge and upstream along the Winooski River, finally cutting cross country to join the existing rail trail at Route 14.

We got across the fundraising finish line this week when CVTA was awarded a major grant of $75,000 from the State of Vt ERSA program - "Ehancement of Recreational Stewarship and Access". The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is awarding these grants to non-profit organizations and municipalities around the state for projects that will improve recreational trail stewardship, access, and accessibility. The intent of this funding is to "improve trail accessibility for this generation and generations to come, to help ensure a healthy economic recovery, from the Covid-19 crisis, with development rooted in environmental quality."

Now, it's all down to elbow grease. We will resume work this spring as soon as the weather allows, and expect to go steadily through 2022 and 2023 to complete all the planned and budgeted trail segments. Stay tuned for announcements as the project is built and opened in phases.

Project Construction Phases

1.) Winooski Bridge, and the trail on either side of it, out to the new Route 2 trailhead, will open late spring 2022.

2.) Trails connecting up to U-32 (and also providing access along the river) and a new trailhead at Gallison Hill Rd will open later in 2022.

3.) Finally we will build the trail the rest of the way across East Montpelier, during 2023, connecting to Route 14 where the existing trail begins on the old railbed.

View along the Winooski River upstream of the Winooski Bridge.

View from future trail route between Rte 2 and Rte 14, looking across conserved farmland.

Click here for larger image of map.

December 17, 2021

CVTA is the little engine that could. It's been a historic year of trail building, with the Winooski Bridge as the capstone. We are excited to keep it going.

You can help! Make a donation to support our 2022 trail building. Or contact us any time to learn how to pitch in in a hands on manner.

In 2022 our little CVTA engine is setting its sights on the next big peak: continuing east from the Winooski Bridge by building the off-road trail from Rte 2 to Rte 14.

Please support our work to build the next off-road section of the Cross Vermont Trail and get all the way to Route 14! This project is estimated to cost $150,000. CVTA was recently awarded a $75,000 challenge grant from the Northern Borders Regional Commission to build this nearly two miles of new universally accessible path. We are required to raise the remaining $75,000 before we start work and with a deadline to start by next September. We can beat this deadline with your help. Already this fall, a number of generous local donors have made contributions adding up to $40,000 that can be used toward this match, so we are over half-way there!

And beyond - CVTA Strategic Plan 2021 - 2025. The Winooski Bridge is the start line, not the finish line. Over the past year we have thought deeply and consulted widely about how to continue full steam ahead and make real the vision of the trail across Vermont. Read the full plan here.

Thank you, and we need you!

Thanks to all of you – local individuals who made donations to our Build the Bridge fund, landowners, municipalities, State agencies and more who have helped us to get here. We are deeply grateful. We are super excited to bring you this big new section of the Cross Vermont Trail, fulfilling our mission to connect communities, villages, schools and the natural areas in between.

Please support us in this work by making an end-of-year donation. Individual contributions to the Cross Vermont Trail range from $10 to several thousand dollars per person, and every single dollar counts to help us build and maintain the trail across the state. While we celebrate achieving the long-time goal of building the Winooski Bridge, the ongoing work of promoting, improving and extending local trails into a state-wide network continues. Your ongoing support makes a significant difference in realizing this vision.

With your help we can go full steam ahead on across the state, from Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River.

December 8, 2021

That's a wrap for the 2021 field season. The last of the (first) giant pile of gravel is spread out on the new trail leading up to each side of the Winooski Bridge. Thanks to volunteers from Norwich University who came out for a brisk day helping put the construction site to bed for the winter. We'll pick right back up next spring!

November 18, 2021

A historic construction season. The Winooski Bridge and other major contractor built portions of the big project across East Montpelier are now complete. The connecting pieces to join together the contractor built projects are being built now and in the spring by CVTA. A ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the bridge and the first section of new trail to public use is planned for May 2022. Meanwhile, still reeling from this milestone year of trail building. Read the full season summary here.

November 12, 2021

Scintillating day last weekend for the second to last volunteer work party of the year on the new trail leading from the Winooski Bridge through the U-32 School Forest. One more to go this weekend, making a push to finish up the smaller wooden bridge we've been focusing on the last few outings.

November 5, 2021

Into the woods. Making the middle section of trail, away from the road closer to the river, that will connect the Winooski Bridge over to the "behind the guardrail" part along Route 2.

October 31, 2021

Eerie visions from the Cross Vermont Trail work site. Hoping for a dark and stormy night, but not another Halloween Storm!

October 29, 2021

Winooski Bridge contractor is back on site, making the section of trail that approaches from the east.

October 28, 2021

Finding treasure while digging the new section of trail in the U-32 Forest, connecting to the big Winooski Bridge. Several old bottles - one embossed with "Green Mountain Spring Water Soda Company - Barre, VT". I'd drink that!

October 21, 2021

The new guardrail ("median rail" technically, we are told) has been installed, and the path is under construction on the river side, along Route 2. Threading the needle at the narrowest point of the new trail being built alongside the highway.

October 21, 2021

Wrapped up a big part of the Blue Mountain Union trail project we've been chipping away at the last few years. This making a more inviting and accessible connection between the school and the Cross Vermont Trail on the nearyby railbed, as well as with the larger area of conserved land and trails beyond, along the Wells River.

While out on the trail a bunch of days in a row this Fall, couldn't help but notice the daily use it gets - a class or student group of some kind came down every day, along with many local community members going for a daily walk, bike rides with their kids, and a notable amount of mushroom hunting it seems.

The Tally So Far: surfaced with gravel 1,040 feet of trail, excavated to make trail wider and more gradual 675 feet, built 84 feet of boardwalk, installed 9 culverts with 170 feet of ditching.

There's a little more to go. In the future, aim to gradualize and then surface with gravel the remaining two steep parts right as the trail comes down the bluff from the school building. Stay tuned!

October 19, 2021

The new guardrail along Route 2 is going in this week! The Cross Vermont Trail will run beside the road, on the outside of the rail - for about 600 feet. (One of the few spots where we can't sneak the new trail down in the woods, farther from the road.)

October 19, 2021

Good volunteer day last weekend, setting stones to make the the big abutment for the little bridge in the U-32 Forest - on the trail leading to the big bridge with little abutments over the Winooski.

October 15, 2021

Winooski Bridge abutments are complete, with concrete cured and bridge bolted down. The approaches and site work is underway on either side - but still a construction site (not open yet, sigh!).

October 3, 2021

Nice day to work in the woods Saturday, not too hot. Getting the abutments and sills for the next small wooden bridge/boardwalk set on the new trail in the U-32 Forest. This trail will connect up to the school and then over the big new Winooski Bridge.

September 26, 2021

Perfect day to go biking at the 24th annual Fall Foliage Ride on the Cross Vermont Trail in Groton. It was good to see old friends and also to meet new folks just discovering the trail. Extra points to the couple who did the whole day on not charged electric bikes - all the weight penalty of the battery and none of the assist, whew!

September 24, 2021

Update for Winooski Bridge project. For starters - we're building another bridge, a little one in the U-32 School Forest. You can help, working this Sunday, come out the Powerplant Road (the old railbed leading to the hydro dam) and you'll see us working up in the trees, will be there 9 - 5, drop in any time. And meanwhile the three large contractor built phases of the project are moving along. At the Winooski Bridge itself, the concrete work at the abutments is being finalized. At the new guardrail, contractor is starting to set up in anticipation of (the backordered of course) material for the new safety rail arriving in October. And the new trailhead parking lot is built, with final site work and signage coming this Fall.

September 21, 2021

Fall Foliage Ride coming up this Saturday. Full details here.

September 12, 2021

Groton Forest Trail Run - what a nice day for a run it was yesterday! Over 125 marathoners, half marathoners, and 6 milers explored the trails of Groton State Forest, including the section we just rebuilt with our volunteer crew a few weeks ago. I think folks made up a little time on our sections of the trails, and maybe had to give it back to navigate the puncheons and boulders elsewhere, but hey, that's the adventure.

August 14, 2021

And that's a wrap for our two person Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Americorps crew. Kara and Alex have been out on the trail all summer, and crossed some big milestone with us. We finished "the big washout bypass" in East Montpelier, the last of the 2011 storm damage. And we kicked off building the trail leading across the new Winooski Bridge. We wish them well in next adventures, but are sorry to see them go (they were just picking up steam, really.)

August 14, 2021

Pulled off a one week volunteer crew in Groton State Forest this summer - with folks from American Hiking Society, Volunteers for Peace, our summer long Americorps two person crew, and some local volunteers dropped in as well. And thank goodness - crossed a big milestone, finishing off the many years long effort to upgrade the Telephone Line Trail to be "multi use, inviting to users of all abilities" (translation, fill in the mud, smooth the steep, and dig out the roots and rocks). This has been an essentially all volunteer effort, a little bit each summer, and it has really added up - and now we've done it! Thanks everyone!

August 14, 2021

Excited to announce we have received a significant grant to help complete the Cross Vermont Trail project all the way from Gallison Hill Rd up to Route 14, across the new Winooski Bridge. Right now we are working to build the new trail from Gallison Hill Road, up to U-32, across the big bridge and out to a new trailhead on Route 2. This work is funded and underway. After that, later next year, we will start on the final leg of construction - from the Route 2 parking upstream along the river and then cross country to the existing parking lot on Route 14. The cost of this work, to begin later next year, is expected to be $150,000. The award this week of $75,000 from NBRC in federal funds gets us half way there. And a donation at the same time from a local trail supporter for $5,000 has kicked off raising the last half. We are looking forward to getting the full project built and open!

August 13, 2021

Muddy Brook Bridge on Kimball Ave (South Burlington) and Marshall Avenue (Williston) closed through Fall 2021.

Major road reconstruction of a bridge at the border of South Burlington and Williston will require a detour on a portion of the Cross Vermont Trail route through Fall 2021 - at least until November.

There isn't an obvious bike path alternative, since the border between SB and Williston is the mighty Muddy Brook, cross-able in only a few places. A road detour will be signed of course, and you can follow that.

You can also explore longer alternate routes - Maps and links are posted here. Let us know if you find a good one we can share with others!

The crossing goes both ways. When the work is completed, humans will pass over the brook better, while other creatures will more easily pass under. Muddy Brook is a neat natural corridor sneaking behind the suburban veneer.

August 12, 2021

Appreciating help this week by a crew from Northern Forest Canoe Trail, improving the water access side trails between new sections of XVT in East Montpelier and banks of Winooski. Working now downstream of the bridge/hydrodam, then more upstream in the fall (or early next year.)

August 12, 2021

Trailhead parking on Route 2 being built this week - upstream of the new Winooski Bridge. The trail between is also underway - look for a ribbon cutting later this Fall.

August 10, 2021

Nice long interview last week on WCAX, still posted on their web. Talking about progress on the big bridge, and what's next.

July 30, 2021

The "trail in the woods" part of the Winooski Bridge project, thanks to our Americorps crew for getting things started last week! Volunteers can make a real difference, there will be numerous opportunities over the coming year. Kicking off this Saturday 7/31, meet at 9 AM at the start of Powerplant Rd (the old railbed), on Gallison Hill Rd, across the street from the Central Vermont Civic Center. Folks are welcome to help for any amount of time, we'll be there 9 - 5. Give a call to learn where to meet us if you come later in the day, or to find out about future volunteer days.

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