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The Town House Trail is depicted in two sections:

  • Strafford to Carpenter Hill Road
  • Carpenter Hill Road to Route 132

Strafford to Carpenter Hill Road

Following Odell Road from Strafford village, the trail climbs gradually then turns left off the road following an old snow machine trail to the crest of the ridge where it enters a field. Following the edge of the field it meets Ame's Road and follows it down the hill to Carpenter Hill Road. At this point go right and follow Carpenter Hill road only a few hundred feet to the yellow markers on the left. The trail goes down the bank and across the brook. Parking is possible near this sign and at the start of the trail behind the Strafford Town House. Where the trail follows Ames and Carpenter Hill roads there are no yellow markers. Take a copy of the map if you can. Approximately 1.6 miles.

Carpenter Hill Road to Route 132

Cross the brook paralleling the road and follow the yellow markers 0.25 miles through the woods to the VAST trail junction. Continue on the VAST trail and watch for a sign on the right at which point you leave the VAST trail and climb up to open fields on the ridgeline and some exceptional views. Then beyond the clearings, traverse the hillside beside the Clover Hill Wildlife Management Area to Route 132. 3 miles.

There is summer parking on Carpenter Hill Road and on O'Neill Road off Route 132. A shorter loop can be hiked by starting from O'Neill Road access and following the trail over the rise, then along next to Clover Hill Wildlife Management Area to the fields on the ridgeline where there is a large log landing. Leave the trail and follow the landing access road down to Route 132 via Blanchard Road and a short walk back up Route 132 to O'Neill Road. Approximately 3.0 miles.

Other Information

The Strafford Trail System consists of 15 miles of trails, including the Town House Trail. Most of the trails are made possible by private land owners who host the sections of the trail passing over their property. Landowners have agreed to allow human powered traffic on their trails which includes foot, snowshoe, skis, and bicycle though the trails are not wheel-friendly or conducive to anything but foot traffic. No motor vehicles please, unless specifically permitted as in the few sections that follow VAST trails.

The trail system is a resource of the Town of Strafford and is managed by the Strafford Conservation Commission.

Please respect these properties. The generosity of the individual land owners makes this resource available.

Trail Manager

Visit Strafford Trail System online for more information or contact:

Strafford Conservation Commission
Trails Commissioner
PO Box 27
Strafford, VT 05072
conservation@straffordvt.org or mhebb1@yahoo.com

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