Trail Conditions and Maps
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Use of our trails varies by the season.
Spring:In our parks and throughout Vermont, spring is MUD SEASON. From the early thaw well into April, wear boots and be prepared. The Hubbard Park road is closed for a few weeks at this time of year to help minimize the impact and make sure our roads can remain open the rest of the year.
Summer:This is the height of trail use for walking, hiking, running, ambling, bird-watching, wandering, and mountain biking. Most areas should be pretty dry, depending on the amount of rain we've had.
Fall:The trails tend to stay pretty dry through the fall, as long as we haven't gotten too much rain. Enjoy the foliage, and watch out for hidden rocks and roots under the leaves.
Winter:Certain trails at Hubbard Park and North Branch River Park are groomed for nordic skiing as soon as the first good snow falls. Wear good snow boots or snowshoes for walking, and after a thaw be sure to put on ice-walking gear (Yaktrax, Kahtoolas, or other ice spikes). Trails ice over easily when it thaws and then refreezes, so it's a good idea to look at the recent weather patterns. Some trails are also open to fat biking (see Park Maps).
Our trails are shared by skiers, walkers, dogs, sledders, snowshoers, bikers, and people of all ages and abilities. In summer, please be conscious of others and alert to dogs or people up ahead. In winter, we ask that walkers stick to the harder packed snow at the center of the trail and leave the edge to the skiers. If we have enough powder we lay cross-country ski tracks (parallel grooves) along the edge of some trails, and we ask that walkers, snowshoers, and dogs be especially careful not to walk in these tracks.