THE BRISTOL TRAIL NETWORK If you visit Bristol, Vermont, don’t miss the opportunity to step into the woods to enjoy views of the Adirondacks, or dip your feet in the New Haven River. Since 2017, volunteers have been working to create a trail system to encourage residents and visitors to walk and hike the scenic woods adjacent to the village. Now, thanks to RiseVT and partners, the trailheads have signage to help users find and safely navigate the different segments along the 3-mile trail! The trail is designed with multiple points of access throughout the village to encourage transitions from sidewalk to woods and back again. The Bristol Trail Network trails create recreational space for hikers, walkers, trail runners, and snowshoers of all ages, and some segments are also open to mountain bikes.
RiseVT partners on initiatives that align with at least one of the CDC 24 Strategies to Reduce Overweight & Obesity. The Bristol Trail Network most closely aligns with the two strategies: (16) to improve access to outdoor recreational facilities and (18) enhance infrastructure to support walking.

 

If you visit Bristol, Vermont, don’t miss the opportunity to step into the woods to enjoy views of the Adirondacks, or dip your feet in the New Haven River. Since 2017, volunteers have been working to create a trail system to encourage residents and visitors to walk and hike the scenic woods adjacent to the village. Now, thanks to RiseVT, the trailheads have signage to help users find and safely navigate the different segments along the 3-mile trail!

The sign project is a collaboration of many forces in the community. The gps data was collected by UVM students in a Community Development class. Local volunteers turned the data into a workable map, and the signs were produced by a local company. This past weekend, volunteers walked the trail posting the signs at each trailhead. In addition to the trailhead signs, the RiseVT grant also funded the purchase of oval trail marker signs which adorn the trail to help direct users along the way.

The trail is designed with multiple points of access throughout the village to encourage transitions from sidewalk to woods and back again. The BTN trails create recreational space for hikers, walkers, trail runners, and snowshoers of all ages, and some segments are also open to mountain bikes. “Bristol is an amazing and compact village surrounded by beauty on all sides,” says Bristol Trail Network Coordinator Porter Knight. “We are so pleased to finally have signage to help folks find and use our growing trail network!”

The mission of the Bristol Trail Network is to create and maintain trails around Bristol:

… to promote access to and appreciation for natural, historical, and cultural resources in the vicinity & to support the recreation and education of residents and visitors alike

… to foster human connections within our community, tie us all more closely to our landscape, and enhance Bristol’s potential as an all-seasons destination for recreation and tourism

The Bristol Trail Network is a project of the Bristol Recreation Club, Inc. which is an all-volunteer run 501(c )3 organization founded in 1921 to maintain outdoor space for recreation. For more information, visit http://bristolrecclub.org/bristol-trail-network/ or contact Porter Knight (knight@gmavt.net). RiseVT partners with initiatives that align with at least one of the CDC 24 Strategies to Reduce Overweight & Obesity. This project aligns most closely with strategy #16 and #18 to improve access to outdoor recreational facilities and enhance infrastructure to support walking.