I'm always amazed at the beautiful trails and the amount of use they
get in the winter. This is truly an unknown treasure!
On May 3, 2009, at 10:56 PM, Sally and Terry wrote:
> Thank you , Maeve. I actually skied that area 10 years or more ago
> and it is
> Sally Fellows
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] directions to Crane Brook
> Several birders have asked for directions to this area, which has
> beautiful walking trails and a variety of habitats. Here they are:
> Drive out Pleasant Valley Road through Underhill Center. Either turn
> left onto Sand Hill Road or turn left further out at Underhill
> Central School (Irish Settlement Road). Sand Hill and Irish
> Settlement Road merge.
> About .7 miles past the merger of the two roads, there's a small pull-
> off on the right, with a metal gate. (There's room for two cars.)
> Once through the gate, trails will take you straight ahead to an open
> field with a spectacular view of Mt. Mansfield. (The field is the
> site of the old Underhill dump. You'll see several methane monitoring
> wells.) At the top of the field, trails head right or left. They're
> both beautiful. The right-hand trails go down to a river and
> eventually end back on Sand Hill Road. You can also walk all the way
> down to Underhill Central School.
> If you choose the left-hand trails, bear right at the only
> intersection. The trail goes through woods down to New Road, an
> unmaintained road that goes by five or six beaver ponds. Water is
> often over the road, so if you want to see all the ponds, wear shoes
> that don't mind getting wet.
> The beginning of New Road can also be reached by continuing driving
> out Pleasant Valley Road beyond the school. Near the entrance to
> Underhill State Park, New Road is on the left. You can park by the
> town garage and walk New Road from there.