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Otter Creek Gorge Preserve

Trail Overview

Otter Creek Gorge Preserve Trail follows along the Otter Creek as part of the 16-mile Trail Around Middlebury.
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Trail Activity
Length
2.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Towns
New Haven (VT), Weybridge (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt
Pets
Unknown
Fees
No
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Description

After walking along a meadow fence line, you enter a wooded area passing several other trails and follow the TAM down toward Otter Creek. Cross the Dan & Peggy Arnold Bridge and continue south into the New Haven section of the Otter Creek Gorge Preserve and Wright Park. A short spur open for hikers and jog strollers only starts a few hundred feet north of the main entrance and continues down to a lovely pool and protected shore of Otter Creek. Jog strollers need to return along the same route. Hikers can continue on to Belden Falls; as you walk upstream there are excellent views of the deep and narrow Otter Creek Gorge. Hike this in the spring and hear the water thundering in the gorge!

Other Information

Previously, this land was the main holding of a separate land trust; whose three trustees, Willard T. Jackson, Linda O. Johnson, and Steven Rockefeller; gifted the preserve to MALT. The Preserve is an important natural heritage site that showcases Champlain Valley ecosystems. The three predominant natural communities are: valley clayplain forest, transition hardwoods limestone forest, and limestone bluff cedar pine forest. In addition, the open fields and meadows are currently used for agricultural purposes. Protecting the preserve's ecological integrity is our primary stewardship objective. Guided natural history walks are scheduled annually. Enjoy the diversity of plants and animals living in the preserve.

Trail Manager

Visit Middlebury Area Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Middlebury Area Land Trust

Middlebury Area Land Trust
PO Box 804
Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 388-1007
info@maltvt.org
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Trailhead Information

Parking area on Horse Farm Road, 0.2 miles north of the junction with Hamilton Road.

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