Trails Overview

North of Beaver Meadow Road

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Parcel 5 Trails [Map] [Legacy map] [Trail Finder]

OverviewA system of trails suited for running, mountain biking and skiing with two major lobes, one approximately 3 km, the other 2 km. It features several shortcuts, as well.

ConnectionsVia shortcuts, 0.7 miles to the Brookmead Trail system.

Length3.1 miles

Directions to trailheadsParcel 5 is 2.5 miles up Beaver Meadow Road from the Norwich Inn. Look for a driveway with a small sign that says, “5” on the right.

ParkingParcel 5 parking has ample space for multiple vehicles.

MarkingsNone, trails are distinct with maps at intersections.

Hikes using this trailBallard-Blue Ribbon, a 5.5-mile loop

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Brookmead Conservation Area Trails [Map] [UVLT map]

OverviewThe Upper Valley Land Trust‘s Brookmead Conservation Area, located on Turnpike Road, offers several miles of multi-use trails, with connections to Parcel 5 and Blue Ribbon Connector trails.

ConnectionsRefer to the map for trail lengths. Measured from parking, an approach trail passes a dead-end trail to a cabin (0.5 mi.) and meets a system of loops (0.7 mi.), turning right on the outer-most loop, the northern-most lobe connects to the Blue Ribbon Connector Trail (1.3 mi.), continuing on the outer-most loop, the southern-most lobe connects to the Parcel 5 trails (2.1 mi). Returning to parking, the loop meets the approach trail (2.4 mi.) and the parking area (3.1 mi.). There are a variety of internal connecting trails, along the way.

Length3.1 miles, outer loop, plus 1.1 miles of connecting trails

Directions to trailheadBrookmead trailhead is 2.8 miles from the Norwich Inn, via north on Main Street (0.5 mi.), turning left on Turnpike Road (2.8 mi.) to trailhead on left

ParkingBrookmead parking has ample room for vehicles, parked face in.

MarkingsTrails are marked with blue blazes and silver disks with trail maps at intersections, marked to show location.

Hikes using this trailBallard-Blue Ribbon, a 5.5-mile loop

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Blue Ribbon Trail [Map] [Legacy map]

OverviewA multi-use trail between Gile Mountain summit and Beaver Meadow Road. While mostly running along the ridgetop, there is one descent in the middle which requires a significant climb back up to the ridge.

ConnectionsFrom Beaver Meadow Road to Blue Ribbon Connector Trail (0.6 mi.) to Gile Mountain Summit (3.3 mi.), to Gile Mountain parking lot (4.5 mi. via bike route).

Length: 4.5 miles

Directions to trailheads

  1. Upper Ballard trailhead is 3.9 miles up Beaver Meadow Road from the Norwich Inn. Look for a widened area on the left, just before Tucker Hill Road.
  2. Gile Mountain trailhead is 5.7 miles from the Norwich Inn, via north on Main Street (0.5 mi.), turning left on Turnpike Road (5.2 mi.) to trailhead on left. If the parking lot is full, wait for a space.

Parking

  1. Upper Ballard parking has sufficient space for multiple vehicles, parked face in.
  2. Gile Mountain parking has room for about five vehicles, parked face in. Vehicles parked in the road are subject to ticketing.

MarkingsBlue

Hikes using this trailBallard-Blue Ribbon, a 5.5-mile loop

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Blue Ribbon Connector [Map] [Legacy map]

OverviewA multi-use trail between the Brookmead Trail system and Beaver Meadow Road (via the Blue Ribbon Trail)

ConnectionsFrom Beaver Meadow Road via Blue Ribbon Trail to Blue Ribbon Connector Trail (0.5 mi.) to Brookmead Trail system (1.3 mi.).

Length: 1.3 miles

Directions to trailheads

  1. Upper Ballard trailhead is 3.9 miles up Beaver Meadow Road from the Norwich Inn. Look for a widened area on the left, just before Tucker Hill Road.
  2. Brookmead trailhead is 2.8 miles from the Norwich Inn, via north on Main Street (0.5 mi.), turning left on Turnpike Road (2.8 mi.) to trailhead on left.

Parking

  1. Upper Ballard parking has sufficient space for multiple vehicles, parked face in.
  2. Brookmead parking has ample room for vehicles, parked face in.

MarkingsBlue

Hikes using this trailBallard-Blue Ribbon, a 5.5-mile loop

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Gile Mountain Trails [Map] [Legacy map] [Trail Finder]

OverviewA hiking and a mountain bike trail each lead to beautiful views in all directions on the summit of Gile Mountain for those willing to climb to an observation platform on the summit fire tower

Read about the history of Gile Mountain in this Norwich Historical Society article.

ConnectionsConnects Turnpike Road with the Blue Ribbon Trail. Measured from the trailhead, a multi-use trail leads toward a powerline (0.2 mi.), where the bicycle trail bears left and the hiking trail bears right. The two trails intertwine on their ascent of the mountain. After crossing the powerline right of way, the hiking ascends a sequence of granite steps to the summit tower (0.7 mi.). The bicycle path follows more frequent switchbacks at a lesser grade to the Blue Ribbon Trail (0.8 mi.).

Length0.7 miles (hiking), 0.8 miles (cycling)

Directions to trailheadsGile Mountain trailhead is 5.7 miles from the Norwich Inn, via north on Main Street (0.5 mi.), turning left on Turnpike Road (5.2 mi.) to trailhead on left. If the parking lot is full, wait for a space.

Consider carpooling from the Huntley Meadow Park-and-Ride, when possible, because parking is limited at the trailhead.

ParkingGile Mountain parking has room for about five vehicles, parked face in. Vehicles parked in the road are subject to ticketing.

MarkingsBlue blazes

Hikes using this trailA 1.4-mile hike to the summit and back

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Bradley Hill Trail [Map]

OverviewConnects Bradley Hill Road on the south with Kerwin Hill and Ladeau Roads on the north.

ConnectionsFrom Bradley Hill Road to a fork (0.6 mi.), leading to the top of Kerwin Hill Road (0.1 mi., right) and Ladeau Road (0.1 mi., left).

Length0.6 miles

Directions to trailheads

  1. Bradley Hill Road trailhead measured from the Norwich Inn, head north on Main Street (0.6 mi.), which turns into Union Village Road. Continue until Bradley Hill Road on the left (2.2 mi.). Follow Bradley Hill Road until Powers on the right (4.2mi.). Park on the roadside near powers, being careful not to block driveways or gates. Walk/cycle to trailhead at end of Bradley Hill road (4.4 mi.).
  2. Kerwin Hill trailhead (no parking available) measured from the Norwich Inn, head north on Main Street (0.6 mi.), which turns into Union Village Road. Follow Union Village Road to Rte 132 (5.3 mi.), turning left onto Kerwin Hill Road (5.9 mi.). Follow Kerwin Hill Road to the end (7.2 mi.). Walk or cycle to the trailhead on the left (7.4 mi.).
  3. Ladeau Road trailhead (no parking available) measured from the Norwich Inn, head north on Main Street, turning left on Beaver Meadow Road (0.5 mi.). Follow Beaver Meadow Road to turn right onto New Boston Road (1.5 mi.). Follow New Boston to right onto Norford Lake Road (4.1 mi.). After 200 ft, turn right onto Ladeau and follow it to the end (4.7 mi.). The trailhead is on the right (4.8 mi.).

Parking

  1. Bradley Hill Road parking is roadside near Powers Road. Be careful not to block the traveled lanes, driveways or gates.
  2. Kerwin Hill parking may be available along the road, where it’s possible not to block the traveled lanes.
  3. Ladeau Road parking may be available along a nearby road, where it’s possible not to block the traveled lanes.

MarkingsThe trail is marked with a sign at the southern end.

Hikes using this trailBradley-Kerwin-Patrell, a 4.1-mile loop

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