Go for a Hike on National Trails Day! - June 1st, 2019

Recreation (SOAR) group and the regional chamber of commerce

National Trails Day® is a day of public events aimed at advocacy and trail service started by the American Hiking Society, taking place each year on the first Saturday in June. Thousands of hikers, bikers, horseback riders, federal and local agencies, land trusts, and businesses come together in partnership to advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails. As the only national voice for hiking, American Hiking Society envisions a world where every American has permanent access to a hiking trail. Trails don't maintain themselves. Individuals of any age and experience level can become trail stewards. Give back to the trails you love, meet new people, and enjoy the experience. 

In 2018 SOAR (The Shires Outdoor Adventure & Recreation) group planned and hosted several trails-based events over the weekend. These events invited the public, excited to explore and connect with the local trails in the region, to visit natural places and help maintain the trails. This year there are three events that the group is focused on. Hike leaders Silvia Casino and Tim Marr of the Green Mountain Club are planning a trip up Bald Mountain to the White Rocks in Bennington, a day for trail work. Pack water and a lunch, and bring tools if you have them. Join a more moderate group of people on a hike to Stratton Pond, the largest body of water on the Long Trail. Both of these event are free, but require RSVP.

In addition, SOAR is happy to support RiseVT and the Cancer Center Community Crusaders for their Mount Anthony 5k Challenge. Race for a cause, this family-friendly 5k on the Mount Anthony trails in Bennington is held annually to raise funds for Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center’s Patient Resource Fund. The race kicks off from the SVMC Hospital Parking Lot at 10am. Pre-registration is recommended at www.raceentry.com.

To learn more about the local trails and find hikes in Vermont visit www.trailfinder.info. Information about SOAR can be found at www.bennington.com/soar. Information about National Trail Day can be found on the American Hking Society’s website, www.americanhiking.org

Bald Mountain Trail to White Rocks Bennington (rigorous hike)

Join the Green Mountain Club for hiking and light trail work from the sidewalks of Bennington to the Glastenbury Wilderness. We will hike to the “White Rocks” vista. Self-guided hike to the summit (optional). Up and over to the Woodford trailhead (optional); arrange your car drop in advance.

9AM-2PM - Meet at 449 North Branch St. trailhead.

Leaders: Silvia Cassano and Tim Marr, GMC Bennington.

8 miles round-trip to Whiterocks, 10 miles round-trip to Bald Mountain Summit. Difficulty - 3D/E

RSVP REQUIRED as group size is limited in designated 

wilderness areas. Call 802-673-6990 or email 

SoVTOutdoors@gmail.com. GMC provides tools for those 

willing. Bring loppers and gloves if you have them. Pack plenty of water, bag lunch, and wear appropriate shoes/layers. Trekking poles helpful. Carpooling appreciated.

Stratton Pond Trail Arlington (moderate hike)

A popular hike to Stratton Pond, the largest water body on the Long Trail. Relatively flat hike through mostly mixed hard/softwood forests crossing numerous logging roads.

10AM-4PM - Meet at Stratton Pond trailhead 

on the Kelley Stand Road (1600 Stratton-Arlington Rd)

Leader: Jonah Spivak.

7.8 miles round-trip. Difficulty - 2B/C


Call 802-384-2542 or email jonahspivak@gmail.com.

Pack plenty of water, bag lunch, and wear appropriate shoes/layers. Trekking poles helpful. Carpooling appreciated.

Bug repellent recommended. 

Manchester Rail Trail

There is a scheduled walk at 10 am on the Manchester Rail Trail.

Meet at the Rec Area near the Dog Park. There are lots of things going on Saturday so park where you can. Allow one and a half hours.  The trail is open all the way through.