Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

The Spirit in Nature Path

Walk on paths that cross a wetland and wind through the woods behind the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 5. Enjoy inspirational quotes along the trail. Trail markers are keyed to an extensive nature guide available at the trailhead kiosk.
Trail Activity
Walking
Length
0.30 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Norwich (VT)
Surface
Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Packed Earth/Dirt
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

This leisurely walk crosses a boardwalk and ascends westward gently in a loop through woods behind the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 5. Park in the church parking lot and follow the wooden sign pointing to the Spirit in Nature Path, across the backyard. You’ll see a kiosk and blue tool shed at the trailhead. A boardwalk crosses over a fen with many wetland species. You’ll find a circle of benches for a small group to sit in a shady spur of the boardwalk. Turn right at the end of the boardwalk and follow orange and yellow square trail markers to the woodland loop. You can rest on a bench at the high point of the trail.

An extensive nature guide, trail maps, and guestbook are available seasonally at the trailhead kiosk. Inspirational quotes from literature and multiple faiths hang along the trail and many different plant species are labeled with wooden markers or keyed to the guide.

Watch out for exposed tree roots on the trail. Keep an eye out for minor patches of poison ivy. Biting insects can be numerous at times. Several wet area crossings located beyond the boardwalk are spanned with bog bridges -- if they're wet please watch your footing.

Other Information

The Spirit in Nature Path is owned, conserved, and maintained by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley.

Trail Manager

Visit Unitarian Universalist Church of the Upper Valley online for more information or contact:

Unitarian Universalist Church of the Upper Valley
Leah Goat
320 Route 5 South
Norwich, VT 05055
leahgoat@comcast.net
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Trailhead Information

Travel south on Route 5 from Norwich past the Subaru dealership and King Arthur Flour. The church is on the right-hand side of the road across from Fogg’s Hardware Store. The parking area is on the left hand side of the church.

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