The Southern Section of the West River Trail is emerging from the grip of winter’s snow and ice. Though patches of snow still hug the trail, the muddy sections are a sure sign of early spring. Alongside the trail, hunks of ice cling to the banks of the West River, but the geese have returned to swim in the open waters. The rock cliffs are drenched with spring melt, the few remaining icicles disappearing rapidly, wildflowers to follow soon.
A short walk from the Marina Trailhead on the West River Trail sits one of two riverside viewing platforms. The other is located directly across the river, and can be accessed from Vermont Route 30. The twin platforms are part of the new I-91 bridge, completed in Autumn 2017. A short walk from the bustle of town, directly below a busy highway, the viewing platforms sit close to nature and the flow of the river.
A crew from Vermont Youth Conservation Corps will be working on the trail June 22nd through July 10th. They will be building stone steps down to the river, cutting new trails and improving drainage. Most of their work will be on the Riverstone Preserve, about 1/2 mile North of the Interstate bridge. If you are out on the trail, please stop and say hello!
In addition, there will be trail improvements through the generosity of Jason Evans Construction who will be bringing in equipment to haul and grade several tons of surface material to fill in muddy and rutted areas. This work will begin sometime after July 5th. Please be careful using the trail near this work.
A huge thanks to the VYCC Crew and to Jason Evans & Crew for the help. Enjoy the trail!