Discover Norwich Trails in 2020

Here in the Upper Valley we enjoy the outdoors. There are many walkers among us, who ply loops around the downtown area and along the dirt roads in our hills. There are young families who enjoy recreation at Huntley Meadows. There are those who enjoy hiking, mountain biking and winter travel on Norwich’s extensive trail network. All these activities maintain fitness and a good outlook on life.

Discover Norwich Trails in 2020 is a program of guided Discovery Hikes to introduce the people of the Upper Valley, and especially Norwich, to our trails network.

Please note that registration at is required for each guided hike, due to the limit on participation of ten people, plus two leaders in a group.

Those wishing to do a self-guided hike may do so. To learn how to receive a Norwich Trails Committee logo sticker, email Put “Self-guided” in header of your email and we’ll inform you of where to pick up your sticker.

2020 Discovery Hikes

HikeDates for guided hikesMileageUphill (ft)Map
Hazen TrailMay 303.226010
Parcel 5June 273.13805
Lower Ballard TrailJuly 253.12004
Upper Ballard TrailAugust 292.03004
Cossingham LoopSeptember 264.15809
BrookmeadOctober 312.53207
Schedule for 2020 Discover Norwich Trails hikes

Completed Discovery Hikes

Loop hike in the Brookmead Trail network

Hike to the Happy Hill Shelter on the Appalachian Trail

Hike the Upper Ballard Trail into the Norwich “Grand Canyon”

Hike to (almost) find Norwich’s missing bridge on the Ballard Trail

Hike of five kilometers in two loops at Parcel 5

Visit to Pluto on the Hazen Trail

Norwich Historical Society articles about our trails

The Rosemary Littledale Rieser Trail and Sample’s Woods by Kevin Hybels

The Cossingham Family and the Cossingham Trails by Kevin Hybels

The History of Gile Mountain by Kevin Hybels

Finding the Lost (Brown) Schoolhouse and Trail by Doug Hardy

The Origins of the Ballard Trail by Lauren Pigeon

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