Upper Ballard Trail: See Norwich’s “Grand Canyon”

  • Meeting date and time: Saturday at 9 am, August 29, 2020. Poor weather forced postponement to Sunday, August 20, 2020 at 9 am.
  • Meeting location: Marion Cross School parking lot near school-bus assembly point, where everyone will receive a briefing on social distancing and carpooling. Maximum participants: 10, plus two leaders
  • 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.
  • Difficulty: Easy grades, suitable for all ages.
  • Web linkshttps://norwichtrails.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/ballard-trail-overview-map.jpg
  • 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 norwichtrailsignup@gmail.com. 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.
Upper Ballard-Converse Trail loop parking is just below Tucker Hill Road.
The number in the circle is hiking distance from the start in miles.
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