About Trail Finder
What is Trail Finder?
Trail Finder is a free, interactive mapping site designed to help Vermont and New Hampshire residents and visitors find hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails across our twin state region. We have also began to include information on motorized trails. Our goal is to help people get out, be active, and explore our outdoor treasures, both those well-known and hidden. Detailed trail description pages allow users to view the trails, get essential information, submit trip comments and photos, find nearby geocaches, and a whole lot more. Trails are categorized in Trail Finder by their primary use - muscle powered trails depicted in green, on-road bike routes in blue, snowmobiles in purple, other motorized Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV's - ATV, Off-Highway Motorcycle, and Jeep) in orange, and paddling trails in blue. Currently there are a limited number of postings in Trail Finder for the following primary use categories - Ice skating, back-country skiing, paddling, snowmobile, and OHV's. Over the coming year (2017), we will be partnering with many more trail organizations to enhance Trail Finder and provide additional trail information for all trail users. Note: Clicking on the trails shown on the Trail Finder map will result in high-lighted trail segments. A second click will provide you with information on that segments allowed trail uses, length and more.
Special thanks to Jim Block for providing our Home Page banner photograph "Colors and Snow from Smarts", and to Chris Walker for his "Long Trail" photograph shown on our map Search Page. To see more of their quality photographs visit Jim Block Photography, and Chris Walker Photography.
Why trails on the Internet? I like paper maps.
Trail maps are great and essential (we know, we make them for a living!), however, simply trying to find comprehensive sources on what trails exist in an area can be challenging. Trail Finder brings together extensive and up-to-date information about trails in one convenient location. Search tools help users quickly find the right trail for a Sunday afternoon stroll or short-list a handful of trails to be explored during a week-long vacation. Administrators can quickly edit online trails data when notified by trail managers, and approve those changes so that they show up on the website instantaneously. The ability of trail managers and Trail Finder account holders to post announcements and trip reports can help users know what to expect or entice you to choose one trail over another.
Please print out Trail Finder postings to bring with you, or contact the trail manager for a paper map.
Why isn't my favorite hike on your site?
Posting high quality information on trails takes time. All posted trails are closely reviewed by Trail Finder administrators and trail managers before they are made available to the public to ensure the maps and content are accurate and current. If you don't see a trail you think we should include, let us know!
Who administers Trail Finder?
Trail Finder is overseen by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance in collaboration with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, UNH Cooperative Extension, and National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. We work with the Maine-based Center for Community GIS to ensure that our online mapping system meets your needs. The website exists because of partnerships, collaboration, and widespread public involvement. Major project supporters are listed at the bottom of each web page. These financial contributions have been matched in value through significant in-kind support from trail managers, steering committee members, and volunteers who all assisted with promoting the project, GPS’ing trails, organizing trainings, and sharing information about trails.
The Original Trail Finder. In the fall of 2005, Local Motion (a Burlington, Vermont based non-profit organization promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities) began to shape their vision for an online trail information system. Local Motion’s Trail Finder program efforts continued until 2013 when a new partnership between Vermont Forests, Parks, and Recreation Department and UVTA provided a great opportunity to centralize trail outreach through Trail Finder and bring new technologies into this great resource.
What else do I need to know when using Trail Finder?
Have fun. Be safe. Show respect. Be a good trail steward and show respect for the places that trail managers and private citizens make available for public use and enjoyment.
Share your knowledge. Sign up for a free Trail Finder account and submit trip reports to help keep trail content engaging and current. This information is not only useful for trail users, it also helps trail managers and land owners better manage their trails. Also don't forget to tell your friends about Trail Finder and like us on Facebook.
Give us feedback. Let us know what works well and what we can do to make it even better.
Help us keep Trail Finder free. Consider making a tax deductible donation through Upper Valley Trails Alliance to help Trail Finder grow. Are you a corporate donor? Support Trail Finder and get your business profiled on the bottom of each and every web page. Contact us for more information.