Thanks to a $50,000 Recreational Trails Grant from the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation, the nature trail building got underway Spring 2021. The match will be provided by grants and volunteer time. Professional trail designer/builder Erin Amadon of Towns4Trails designed the sustainable and scenic trail from the trailhead on North Cambridge Road, across a seasonal stream, through the varied forested land, past a waterfall and gorge, along Dragon Brook, and then across Dragon Brook to the border of the ancient pines and hemlocks of the Cambridge Pines State Forest/Fragile Area. Two bridges are necessary, to cross Seasonal Brook up the hill from the trailhead, and Dragon Brook, which runs along the eastern edge of the Preserve. Bog bridging will cross an area of tall Ostrich Ferns on route to the Cambridge Pines. A start was made on this by students from the Lamoille Union High School Technology and Career Center last spring.
Click this link to see the trail design.
All the trail building work is being done by volunteers – more are needed and welcome! Contact Liam Kearney, organizer of the volunteer trail crew, at Trails@kruschnaturepreserve.org,
The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation is currently exploring the potential for a loop trail to exist on the parcel. Currently the parcel can be used for dispersed pedestrian recreation allowing the public to meander through the ancient forest.
A planning grant to the Lamoille County Planning Commission is providing funds for the graphic design of interpretive signs for the trail. The plan is to install the signs in Summer 2022, once funds are raised for producing them.
Dragon Brook in high water