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Student Conservation Association Trails

Narrow path leads down a set of rock steps towards the Connecticut River under forested cover and continues north along the river to an open field. The trail loops back through field and woodlands to the SCA office facilities.
Trail Activity
0.9 miles, Network
Charlestown (NH)
Packed Earth/Dirt


The SCA Trail is used to train SCA Trail Crews to build various trail structures as part of their national program to provide trail expertise and maintenance at many parks and community lands throughout the country. You'll see many different types of bridges and water (wet area) crossing methods including turnpikes, closed culvert, stringer bridges, and more. Several small spur trails provide additional access points to the Connecticut River and an adjacent field skirting the upper river bank provides more exploring. 

A Connecticut River Canoe Campsite is located along the trail and is intended for paddlers overnight camping needs. No fires please!

Note: No motorized or wheeled vehicles.

Trail Manager

Visit Student Conservation Association online for more information or contact:

Student Conservation Association

Student Conservation Association
689 River Road PO Box 550
Charlestown, NH 03603
Phone: (603) 504-3264
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. This goes for trash, leftover food, toilet paper, and hygiene products. If you brought it into nature, please bring it out.
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Trailhead Information

Take I-91 South from White River Junction. Take Exit 8/VT-131 toward Windsor/Ascutney. Turn left on VT-131 and then right onto NH-12A, after crossing the Connecticut River. Go 6.2 miles and turn left into the Student Conservation Association (SCA) facility and parking area. The trailhead is located just north of the (SCA) building nearest the river.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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