Now that the snow has melted and the temperatures are warmer, most of us want to get outside and hike! But, mud season is not a good time for hiking in certain areas. Rain and melting snow at higher elevations are keeping many of Vermont's hiking trails wet and muddy. When hikers tramp on saturated soils, they cause soil compaction and erosion as well as damage to the trail and surrounding vegetation. Please help protect the fragile trails this time of year by staying off muddy trails.
Higher elevation soils take longer to dry out. This year mud season is early. A trail may be dry at the trailhead, but is muddy at a higher elevation this time of year. If you notice this happening, please turn around! Trails at lower elevations, dirt roads, and recreation paths provide excellent places for early spring walking.
Along with the warmer weather, there are many aspects of nature beginning to emerge for us to enjoy. Thank you for helping to preserve our beautiful natural resources!
Guidelines to follow when hiking this time of year
• If a trail is so muddy that you need to walk on the vegetation beside it, turn back and seek another place to hike.
• Plan spring hikes in hardwood forests at lower elevations.
• Avoid spruce-fir (conifer) forest at higher elevations and on north slopes before late May and from the end of October until frozen or snow covered.
• Camels Hump and Mt Mansfield trails are technically closed from April to Memorial day, but because of the early mud season the trails are currently closed until they dry out. Please do not hike here. Stay below 3000 ft during these times of year.
Staying away from certain places during mud season makes them ready to enjoy this summer. Have fun out there!
IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March
28, 2019 Contact:Reuben Allen Vermont
Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation | Agency of Natural Resources (802)
786-3838, firstname.lastname@example.org Enhancements
coming for Lake Shaftsbury State ParkShaftsbury,
Vt. -- Several
operational changes are slated for Lake Shaftsbury State Park for the upcoming
summer season. These changes are in response to increased visitation and a
continuing effort to better serve the demands of park visitors. Changes
include a new playground, a more relaxed pet policy, and an extended operating
season. The playground is expected to be in place and ready for visitors by
mid-June and will include swings, a dome-shaped climbing structure and a large,
classic play structure. For
the first time, pets will be allowed in the park everywhere except the sandy
beach and inside buildings. Access areas for dogs to go for a swim separated
from the beach area have been identified and will be posted with clear signage
before the park opens…
Want to get out and enjoy the fall? Everyone loves Camel’s
Hump and Mt. Mansfield this time of year, but our other parks trails need love
too… and are less crowded. If you’ve experienced Vermont in the fall, you know
that it’s hard to go wrong. Here are some suggestions for roads less taken.
Also remember to be careful on the roads and when parking on trailheads...
respect your surroundings and the folks who live there.
If you have another fall hike to recommend, let us know! Molly Stark State Park in Wallingford
After you’ve watched the colors of
northern VT fade, head south and do it all again! A 1.7 mile hike takes you up
Mt. Olga and back again. As a bonus, you can climb the fire tower to get great
views of the mountains in three states: Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
If you want to do more hiking, the park is also adjacent to more trails at
Hogback Mountain. You can camp at Molly Stark through Columbus Day weekend. Emerald Lake State Park in East Dorset
This is anothe…
Vt. – Eight
months of work is underway to improve public access areas at the Waterbury
Reservoir. The project will require temporary closures at some sites while work
is underway, and will include improvements to parking lots, erosion prevention,
and boat ramp upgrades.
of a new composting toiletInstallation
of a concrete boat launchPaving
of the access road and parking area (may occur in Spring 2019 depending on
control and site drainage improvementsTraffic
flow improvements Installation
of a concrete boat launchRe-grading
the parking areaGuard rail installationErosion
control and site drainage improvements Installation
of a concrete hand carry access rampRe-grading
the parking areaErosion
control and site drainage improvements
include Waterbury Dam Boat Launch, Blush Hill Boat Launch and the Moscow
Paddler Access. Green Mountain Power (GMP) will be doing the wo…