Early autumn along The West River Trail, Rice Farm Road trailhead. Still plenty of green, with hints of colors to come. Enjoy the trail!
There will most likely be more trail closures announced during the fall for this purpose.
Thank you for your patience!
RIVERSTONE PRESERVE TRAIL CLOSURE
The Friends of the West River Trail received a grant from the USDA and have hired Long View Forest, Inc to treat Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose, Black Swallowort, Buckthorn, Japanese Barberry (and possibly a few others).
Monday, Sept 3 and Tuesday, Sept 4 the Riverstone Preserve portion of the West River Trail will be closed for treatment on invasive plants. The main West River Trail will be closed where it passes along the Riverstone Preserve. Trails within the Riverstone Preserve will be closed. There will be signs at the trailheads at the Marina and Rice Farm Road, and at either end of the section of the Main trail that will be closed. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Something very cool is happening on the West River this month! Join a lantern lit paddle at the confluence of the West and Connecticut Rivers or come watch from the riverside. The Lantern Paddle is part of an extensive program of community events around the Confluence Project. Don’t miss out on this joyful parade of lanterns and luminaries to celebrate our rivers on Friday, May 25, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
For details and to register for lantern making workshops and the Lantern Paddle, visit the Vermont Performance Lab events webpage. This flotilla will incorporate the handmade lanterns made by the community at workshops with artist Gowri Savoor on May 15, May 17 and May 19. Sign up for lantern making workshops at the River Gallery School. Participants are encouraged to join the paddle on land or water.
Co-organized by the Vermont Performance Lab and the Connecticut River Conservancy.
Sponsored by The Marina Restaurant & co-sponsored by the Vermont Canoe Touring Center.
From the Vermont Performance Lab website: The Confluence Project is an ambitious experiment in creative place-making that demonstrates an in-depth model for bringing arts, youth, community groups, regional planners and educational institutions to the civic dialogue table to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of watersheds.
The Champagne Hikers of Western MA/Southern VT were out on the trail in force on April 11! They hiked 7 1/2 miles from Black Mountain to the Marina, stopping for a break at the picnic table on the Riverstone Preserve. Malcolm Moore of the FWRT lower section steering committee was on the hike and overheard another hiker say “this trail is a treasure!” She’s right! Time to get back on the trail if you took a break over the winter. Come out and look for signs of spring.
Photos by Malcolm Moore.
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.
The AUGUST 5, 2017 TRAIL TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Thank you for your continued understanding. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause. For More Information please contact Bonnie Clark, Public Relations Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A beautiful spring ski along the West River Trail, through the Riverstone Preserve and down onto the river shore. Snow-slides along the cliff edge created hilly terrain on an otherwise flat stretch of trail. Along the river edge, fresh snow covered ice floes, left behind on the banks when the river thawed.
Story submitted by Kathleen White. photos by Jim Webster, from a ski trip in early April. Probably the most unusual environment they’ve skied on!
Soon the snow will give way to spring ephemeral wildflowers. Enjoy the trail in all its glorious seasons. Happy Spring!
Registration is open for the annual West River Trail Run on Saturday June 4, 2016. Visit The Collaborative website HERE for details, trail map, trail run packet and registration information.
Walk or run along the river on the beautiful West River Trail! The run starts at the Londonderry Depot, 34 West River Street, South Londonderry, Vermont and ends at the Jamaica State Park, 48 Salmon Hole Lane, Jamaica, Vermont. New this year is a 5K fun run/walk.
Participating in this event will support The Collaborative and help provide fun, healthy educational programs for youth in the Northshire and Mountain communities of Southern Vermont.
Join the WRC (Windham Regional Commission) on May 6th to learn what villages and downtowns in southern Vermont have undertaken to bring renewed vitality to their communities. The Friends of the West River Trail will highlight the steps they took to revitalize the South Londonderry Depot and the West River Trail. This event will offer valuable opportunities to network with other local communities and regional and state entities.
Where: South Londonderry Depot, 34 West River Street, South Londonderry, VT
When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
Who should attend: Individuals and groups who work on or are interested in working on village and downtown revitalization in southern Vermont.
To RSVP or for more information contact:
Susan McMahon: email@example.com · (802) 257-4547 x114
Bill Colvin: firstname.lastname@example.org · (802) 442-0713 x1
To RSVP by Doodle Poll:
If you have any additional questions about the workshop series, please contact Susan McMahon at email@example.com or ext 114. We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop!
(In December 2012 the U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded the Bennington and Windham regions funding from the Disaster Recovery Grant program* to bring additional professional capacity to Southern Vermont to assist with economic recovery post Tropical Storm Irene. Through this grant, a major focus of the regional commissions’ work will be village and downtown revitalization and assisting municipalities with economic recovery. As part of that assistance, workshops such as this are being held.)