Trail Use Guidelines
- Carry out what you carry in.
- Stay on the trail and use only designated trailhead parking areas.
- Stay off trails during spring melt, when soils are soft and easily eroded.
- Be respectful of other trail users and be courteous to trail neighbors.
- Control your dog(s). Do not allow dogs to disturb livestock, wildlife, or sensitive natural areas. Pets are not allowed on some trails.
- Close farm gates behind you.
- For your safety during hunting seasons, wear blaze orange.
- Follow Leave No Trace guidelines.
While these trails are available for community use free of charge, their maintenance depends on the good stewardship and financial support of users. Please consider supporting UVLT’s trails program by making a membership gift to the Upper Valley Land Trust. Please contact UVLT Vice President Stewardship Pete Helm (603-643-6626) to report trail maintenance needs or recommendations.
Campsite Use Guidelines
Please respect the generosity of the campsite landowners and volunteers by complying with the following guidelines:
- UVLT campsites are available on a first-come-first-served basis; reservations are not accepted.
- These campsites are intended for access by canoe and kayak paddlers. Land-based access is prohibited.
- Please limit your stay to two nights per site. Set up your camp on your day of arrival, not in advance. This will allow other paddlers to share in the enjoyment of these campsites.
- Please limit the area you occupy so others may share the campsite.
- In the event that campsites are full and you must find an alternate place to camp for the night, please request permission from the landowner.
- To help us to monitor usage and campsite needs, please register in the logbooks provided. Look for a mailbox at each site that holds the log book.
- Minimize your impact. Please avoid climbing on exposed banks, respect the capacity of the campsites, and carry out everything you carry in.
- If you choose to build a fire, please do so in the fire ring provided and use only downed and dead wood.
- Privies are provided for your convenience; they also help limit the impact on each site. Please use them!
- All washing should be done at least 75′ from the river.
- Noise carries easily on the river. Enjoy the solitude; please leave your CD player/iPod at home.
Our conservation transactions sometimes, but not always, include provisions for public trails or access for education and recreation. Each conservation project is unique and depends upon the voluntary efforts of landowners and communities.
Because conserved land usually remains in private ownership, UVLT designs and manages its trail provisions to fit with the landowner’s farming and forestry activities and protect open space and natural areas. In this way, our conservation work sustains the patterns of stewardship and shared use that have created the Valley’s rural landscape.
Access to our region’s undeveloped lands is a privilege and an opportunity for learning. We encourage outdoor enthusiasts to support the landowners who have chosen to conserve their lands and protect trails. Please follow UVLT’s trail use guidelines, practice thoughtful stewardship, and if you have the chance, say thank you!
**Notice of partial trail closures as of November 1, 2012 – details on the Trails page.**