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1697 Rotax Road, Monkton, VT

From Route 7, in Ferrisburg, turn onto Old Hollow road heading east and follow for about 1.7 miles. Old Hollow Road becomes Hollow Road. Just after the intersection with Higbee Road, bear left at the fork onto Rotax Road and follow for 2.2 miles. You will see the parking area on the right and boardwalk on the left. Park here and walk in on the boardwalk. Parking is limited to 8 cars, so please carpool.

Description

The 1.8 mile trail offers an enjoyable hike up to the ridge with magnificent views of the Champlain Valley, and a chance to explore "The Oven", home to a family of porcupines. Further along the ridge more views open up, andthen the trail loops back through a mixed forest full of boulders and ridges.  . TRAIL CLOSURE: The ridge trail at Raven Ridge is closed from March 1- June 15 to protect nesting ravens and bobcats.  Please respect them while they are vulnerable by staying off the ridge.

Other Information

Raven Ridge stretches from Lewis Creek south along a scenic ridge on the boundary of Charlotte and Hinesburg to a large wetland complex in Monkton. The land is a rocky forest refuge for a variety of wildlife including the federally endangered Indiana bat.  Bobcats thrive on the ridge's rock outcroppings and ravens nest on the cliff ledges. Lewis Creek and surrounding wetlands provide a diverse ecosystem for aquatic species.  Wildflowers are abundant here in spring.

Trail Manager

Visit The Nature Conservancy in Vermont online for more information or contact Lynn McNamara, Critical Lands Manager for Northern VT:

The Nature Conservancy: Montpelier Office
575 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602
lmcnamara@tnc.org

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