The Upper Valley Land Trust helps people conserve land in 45 New Hampshire and Vermont towns. As a community-based land conservancy, UVLT chooses conservation methods and tools that engage and benefit area residents and inform and inspire participation in the stewardship of land resources.We invite you to learn about our work, explore some of the special places we have conserved, and join the volunteers and supporters who make our work possible.
Trails Open at Smith Pond
Over the summer our Stewardship Staff has partnered with groups of volunteers from the Tuck School of Business and Hypertherm to create a network of trails throughout the Smith Pond Shaker Forest property in Enfield. 378 hours of volunteer labor was spent building these trails, on top of countless other hours of planning from both staff and community members. The outcome of all this hard work is a loop trail around the property covering five miles and several of the historic and natural features that make this property so special. Walking the loop you see the ingenuity of the Shakers as you walk beside the hand dug canal and see the giant spillway that still stands today, which the Shakers used to divert water down to their village on the shores of Mascoma Lake. You’ll walk past young chestnut trees, showing the rich ecological history and future of the property. The trail will bring you beside two waterfalls, Big and Little Dog Falls. Finally, when you reach the top you’ll find the crown jewel – beautiful, majestic, serene, and now forever unfragmented and remote: Smith Pond. Coming soon you’ll find signage, an updated trail map, a kiosk, and a parking lot on Route 4a. November 4th we will be having an inaugural hike on the trail from 10-2 so come and join us and see all this beautiful property has to offer.