North of Beaver Meadow Road
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Parcel 5 Trails [Map] [Legacy map] [Trail Finder]
The main trail was designed as a 5 km. loop by Morton Trails. A hilly, multi-purpose trail, constructed so as to allow X-C ski grooming equipment to operate. Short link trails connect between some loop segments. Connects to Brookmead Trails (and ultimately to Blue Ribbon Connector). Trailhead on Beaver Brook Road has ample paring and a kiosk with maps. Overall loop length: 3.1 mi.; shorter options possible using the links.
The Upper Valley Land Trust‘s Brookmead Conservation Area, located on Turnpike Road, encompasses several miles of multi-use trails, with connections to Parcel 5 and Blue Ribbon Connector trails. Trailhead parking is at the southern end of the Norwich Farms complex off Turnpike Rd.
Blue Ribbon Trail [Map] [Legacy map]
A multi-use trail between Gile Mt. summit and Beaver Meadow Road. Length: 4.5 mi. While mostly running along the ridgetop, there is one descent in the middle which requires a significant climb back up to the ridge. Parking at the trailhead on the south side of Beaver Meadow Road, near Tucker Hill Road, is shared with the Upper BIll Ballard Trail.
Blue Ribbon Connector [Map] [Legacy map]
Connects between the lower Blue Ribbon Trail (at 0.6 mi. from the trail’s terminus on Beaver Meadow Road) and the top of the Brookmead trail system. Length: 1.3 mi.
Gile Mountain Trails [Map] [Legacy map]
Two trails ascend Gile Mtn from the East: one for walkers, another for bicyclists. From a trailhead near the upper (N) end of Turnpike Rd, a multi-use trail leads toward a powerline, just before which there is a split – the bicycle trail bending to the left, the hiker path continuing straight. The two trails intertwine on their ascent of the mountain. Following the hiker trail, after crossing the powerline right of way, it begins a lngthy climb a sequence of granite steps. The bicycle path switchbacks up the mountain at a somewhat lesser grade. Beautiful views in all directions from the old summit fire tower.
Consider car pooling from Huntley Meadow Park-and-Ride, when possible, because parking is limited at the trailhead. Vehicles parked on Turnpike Road are subject to ticketing. If the lot is full, wait for a vehicle to depart or seek an alternate destination.
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