Trailhead location: Trailhead Parking near Tucker Hill Road
Reward: Visit Norwich’s “Grand Canyon” a scenic cascade, named (with tongue in cheek) by Bill Ballard. Walk through mixed hardwoods with a side tour up the Converse Trail to enjoy pasture views of Bragg Hill. Turn around near the Charles Brown Brook and return by the Ballard Trail.
Length: 1.9 miles round trip with 170 feet of uphill. Those wishing to continue to Schoolhouse Road and cross the brook, may pre-arrange to drop their car off at Parcel 5.
Directions to trailhead from Dan & Whit’s: Follow Beaver Meadow Road (left past the Norwich Inn) 3.9 miles, just before a stream crossing and Tucker Hill Road. Look for parking on the left side of Beaver Meadow Road, downhill from the trailhead.
Prizes: A small prize will go to the youngest attendee of the Marion Cross School and to the oldest Social Security recipient.
Sign up: To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Upper Ballard hike” in header of your email and state the number of participants in your party. Hikes are limited to a maximum of ten participants in total, plus leaders.