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Brown Schoolhouse Road Bridge OUT –
The bridge across the brook is washed out, so if accessing Ballard Trail from the old road, plan to ford the stream.


Three parking areas provide access to the trail off Beaver Meadow Road in Norwich (the first left turn immediately after Dan & Whits and the Norwich Inn): the Norwich Pool (on the left just over 1 mile from the Inn, immediately before Brigham Hill Road); Parcel 5 (directly across Beaver Meadow Road from Brown Schoolhouse Road), and roadside parking (just before Tucker Hill Road).


The mostly level wooded trail includes many ups and downs to cross numerous seasonal creeks that flow to Charles Brown Brook - the most spectacular creek creating the "Grand Canyon" in the upper half of the trail. The trail is limited to foot travel; dogs are permitted. Bicycles and horses are not allowed.

From the upper (west-most) end, the trail leaves the road just beyond the roadside parking area. It passes an old stone foundation before crossing a foot bridge to climb gently up into a stand of old pines. The Converse Loop trail goes off to the right and rejoins after a short distance. The main trail crosses several foot bridges before coming to the Grand Canyon of Norwich. You then follow down the rim of the canyon before crossing on stepping stones at the bottom and continuing with a flatter walk along Charles Brown Brook. The trail eventually climbs up higher in the woods again, crossing under a power line and passing an old stone wall before meeting the junction with the closed road, Brown Schoolhouse Road. Three benches here provide a good spot for a snack. The second half of the trail is much like the first, with numerous foot bridges and stream crossings. The last segment follows close to the brook. Near the end of the trail there is a bike rack, picnic tables, and grills.

Trail Manager

For more information contact:

Norwich Trails Committee
1396 New Boston Road
Norwich, VT 05055
Phone: (802) 649-1048


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