North Branch Trail

A loop trail that borders the north branch of the Nulhegan river and travels through boreal habitats 
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing
Length
3.9 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Ferdinand (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

The North Branch Trail is a 3.5-mile loop bordering the North Branch of the Nulhegan River. It is a rustic trail and is accessible year-round from a parking area on VT-105. In addition to snowshoeing, certain segments are also suitable for cross-country skiing. The trail is composed of native materials and gravel and is relatively level and flat.

The trail offers wildlife viewers the opportunity to see boreal species like spruce grouse, black-backed woodpeckers and gray jays. 

Other Information

The Nulhegan Basin - The Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 26,600 acres of conifer and deciduous forest interspersed with forested wetlands, peatlands and shrub swamps, and contains three of the four tributaries of the Nulhegan River. These lands are nested within a working forest landscape exceeding 150,000 acres. Located just a few miles south of the Canadian border, the basin’s vegetation most closely resembles that of the northern Appalachian Mountains, interspersed with elements of the boreal forest to the north. This division is known for abundant songbirds, particularly boreal species and warblers, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. It is open to the public for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Division roads are gravel and remote. Call the visitor contact station for the current status of the roads. Horses, non-registered motorcycles and ATVs are not allowed. Trucks and other heavy equipment have the right of way on these roads. 

Trail Manager

The North Branch Trail is in the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, which protects over 36,000 acres of the Connecticut River watershed. For more information, visit the Refuge's website or contact:

US Fish & Wildlife Service - Silvio O. Conte NWR

US Fish & Wildlife Service - Silvio O. Conte NWR
Refuge Manager
5396 Route 105
Brunswick, VT 05905
Phone: (802) 962-5240 x 112
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Trailhead Information

From the west, travel 7.3 miles east of Brighton (Island Pond) on VT-105. The trailhead and parking area will be on the left. 

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