Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Backwater Trail

A great out and back trail on its own or to add more distance to a hike on the Hazen Trail.
Trail Activity
0.30 miles, One Way
Hartford (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt


A nice trail that leads down to an area on the bank of the Connecticut River backwater. This trail is also rolling with more climbs on the way back.

Trail Manager

Visit Hartford Conservation Commission online for more information or contact:

Hartford Conservation Commission

Hartford Conservation Commission
171 Bridge Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone: (802) 295-3075
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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Keep wildlife wild: do not feed, follow, approach, or otherwise harass wild animals. Doing so may alter their natural behaviors.
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Trailhead Information

Travel on Route 5 to a pullout just north of Wilder Village. There is a sign on the side of the parking lot marking it as Maanawaka Conservation Area. Park in front of the gate on the pullout at Dothan Brook.
Please be careful not to block the gate.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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