Link to Cavendish Association of Trails brochure
Hardy Hill covers approximately 215 acres adjacent to Lord State Forest. Our goal is to permanently conserve this land by donating it to the State of Vermont. Before that happens though we are installing a trail network, much of it handicap accessible, that allows public access to the site's natural and historic features. On the Lower Loop trail, the primary feature is a large beaver pond, in which there are several nests of Great Blue Herons that take up residence each year. On the Upper Loop trail you"ll find several interesting varieties of orchid and ladyslippers, as well as a large porcupine nest and a vernal pool. Soon the trail network will include a path to the summit of Hardy Hill, offering a nice climb and beautiful views of the countryside.
Hardy Hill is located on Sussannah Johnson Lane just off East Road in Cavendish.
For more information or to volunteer, please contact email@example.com.
Photo by Hans Schrag
Photo by Jeff Morgan
Proctor Piper Trail
The Initial trail will link the villages of Cavendish and
Proctorsville with plans to construct more trails pending
State approval. The trail meanders through camping
areas built by the CCC in the 1930s evidenced by still
standing fire pits and the remnants of two standing
fireplaces which bookend a warming pavilion. The State
has no plans to demolish or restore the chimneys and
we would like to rebuild them as it once was. We spent
a day in early January building water bars and diverting drainage from the wet part of the trail. Also we set large flat stepping stones in some of the wet areas and stream crossings. We currently have volunteers building a trail head info kiosk and a gravel parking area will be built this coming spring at the Pratt Hill trail head.
if you would like to volunteer to help you can contact Tim Calabrese at 22677754
Hardy Hill Trail Walk - Sunday July 31at10a.m.
Join Eric Krasnauskas and Pieter Van Schaik for a nature walk on Hardy Hill, an in progress hiking trail in Cavendish. The walk will last about 2 hours, light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP at your earliest convience to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will meet at the parking area for the trail which is at the base of Susannah Johnson Ln. in Cavendish, just west of Caton Place campground. One of the primary features we'll explore on this walk is a large beaver pond, in which we have several nests of Great Blue Herons that take up residence each year. We will also be walking what we call the Upper Loop trail, which has several interesting specimens of orchid and ladyslipper, as well as a large procupine nest and a vernal pool. We recommend bringing binoculars for good viewing of the herons, as well as tick protection and decent boots.
Working on the Proctor Piper Trail
The Proctor Piper Trail is now open at the Pratt Hill trail head. There will be a guided walk coming soon, so stay tuned!