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Bluffside Farm Summer Trails

These easy trails near downtown Newport wind through fields, woods, and access the shoreline of Lake Memphremagog.
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking Hiking Bicycling
Length
2.10 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Newport City (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass/Meadow
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

Short, but beautiful trails travel through fields, woods, and shoreline on the conserved Bluffside Farm, just outside downtown Newport. Nature enthusiasts can catch sight of eagles, waterfowl and songbirds in the varied habitats, catch a breeze off of Lake Memphremagog and enjoy a casual outing to a beautiful place. 

The trails from the main parking area are natural surfaced with varying terrain and footing. The Newport Bike Path, which travels through the eastern side of the property, is accessible, stone dust/gravel surfaced and 4+ feet wide. A newly constructed bridge connects the farm property to Prouty Beach. 

In the fall, the farm is open to limited hunting. Interested deer hunters can add their name to a hunting lottery. 

Other Information

GUIDELINES:

  • Please read and respect any signs you see directing uses or activities on the property. Travel is at your own risk.
  • Please do not park in the farmstead area or on the fields.
  • This is working farm and forestland. Please stay on trails and off of the hayfields, do not enter any buildings, and be mindful of trucks and farm equipment.
  • Informal trails are pedestrian only. The accessible recreation path is open to walkers, bicyclists, and skiers. For more information on the winter trails, visit the Bluffside Farm Ski Trail posting. 
  • Please wear blaze orange during hunting season.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times; please clean up after your pet.
  • We cannot accommodate horses at this time.
  • Please carry in and carry out all trash.
  • Alcohol is not allowed.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Vermont Land Trust website, or contact: 

Vermont Land Trust, Bluffside Farm Office

Vermont Land Trust, Bluffside Farm Office
171 Scott Farm Road
Newport, VT 05855
Phone: (802) 748-6089
info@vlt.org
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Trail Tips

Travel on Durable Surfaces
Walk single file in the middle of the trail. Wear the right shoes and enjoy the mud – you're in the great outdoors!
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Trailhead Information

The main parking area is near the entrance to Scott Farm Road, in front of the sugarhouse. A smaller lot is on Bluff Road, at the start of the recreation path. Please do not park in the farmstead area or on the fields. If both parking areas are full, visitors can park off-site at the Gateway Center, Prouty Beach, or North Country Hospital and walk to the property on the recreation path.

FROM THE SOUTH:
Traveling north on I-1, take Exit 27 toward Newport. Merge onto VT191 north. After 2.2 miles turn right onto VT-5 north. Shortly after, stay straight on Union Street (VT-5 turns right). In a little less than a half-mile mile turn left onto Bluff Road. Follow Bluff Foad for just under 1 mile, then take a left on Scott Farm Road. The main parking lot will be on the right.

FROM THE NORTH:
Traveling south on I-91, take Exit 28 for VT-5 south/VT-0105 west toward Newport. After 1 mile turn right on Shattuck Hill Road. Go 1.2 miles aand turn left on Darling Hill Road. In just under half a mile, turn right onto Prouty Drive. Go about a mile then bear right on Prouty Drive.Go 0.7 miles, and bear to the right onto Bluff Road. Continue 0.3 miles to a left on Scott Farm Road, on which the main parking lot will be located on the right.

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