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The Many Trails of the Upper Valley by Christine Cecchetti, UVTA Board Member

January 2, 2014

Living in the Upper Valley we have been given the gift of natural beauty – it is all around us, and one of the best ways to get outside and enjoy nature is by using a trail.  We have an abundance of different trails to choose from.  In the warmer months you can bike, walk, roller blade or run on one of the many multi-use trails including the Wilder Multi-Use Path a one mile long paved trail that connects the village of Wilder to the Dothan Brook School.  Another multi-use trail system is located in the Hartford Town Forest.  Here four miles of trails can be used for biking, walking, running, even horseback riding.

The winter months bring us outside to enjoy the crisp air and fresh snow on one of the many cross-country skiing or snowshoe trails located in the Upper Valley. The Chaffee Wildlife Sanctuary located in Lyme, NH or the Cross Rivendell Trail a 36-mile community trail from Orford, NH to Vershire, VT are perfect for a winter outing.

What many outdoor enthusiast don’t realize is the Upper Valley is home to one of the most unique trails in the country; the Lake Morey Skate Trail.   This is a 4.5-mile ice skating trail around the perimeter of Lake Morey.  As soon as the ice is thick enough to take four-wheelers, trucks and if possible a Zamboni onto the ice the Ice Crew at Lake Morey is out clearing, plowing, sweeping and flooding;  everything possible to maintain the longest ice staking trail in the United States.  The amount of time the Ice Crew spends on the trail varies from year to year, but Barry Larson who has been working on the Skate Trail for six years says that they average 20 hours per week.

Seasoned veterans or beginners of all ages can be found skating the trail especially on the weekends with over 200 people daily taking advantage of this Upper Valley gem. One highlight of winter skating is the Upper Valley Trails Alliance Skate-a-Thon. This is the ultimate skating party with hot chocolate, S’ mores, skate rentals and fantastic prizes. This year the Skate-a-thon will take place on Sunday, January 19.

The Lake Morey Skate Trail is maintained by the Lake Morey Resort in partnership with The Upper Valley Trails Alliance.

Ice Skate Rentals:

Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT – Saturday & Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00 pm (802)-333-4311

Nordic Skater, Norwich, VT – Monday – Saturday – 10:00am – 6:00 pm (802) 649-3939

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2014 11:50 am

    I look forward to celebrating Upper Valley Trails Alliance’s 15th Anniversary all this year.
    Happy Trails!
    Kelley Dole

  2. Valerie Parauka permalink
    January 18, 2014 9:33 pm

    Hi,
    I am new to the area. How do I register for the Skate-A-Thon?
    Valerie Parauka
    Swimpriority@yahoo.com
    802-825-5481

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