Just outside of Morrisville, VT, off of Mud City Loop Road, and down Beaver Meadow Road, is the access point for a trail known as Beaver Meadow Trail. The Beaver Meadow Trail follows an old logging road into the Mount Mansfield State Forest as it heads uphill towards an intersection with The Long Trail (2.6 miles from parking area) and Whiteface Mountain (3.6 miles from parking areas). Veruca and I ventured up this trail last Friday after work. It was a wonderful hike for an early fall afternoon.
The gradual incline of the trail isn’t very strenuous. However, Veruca embraced the opportunity to jump in the first mountain stream we came to. The stream was about 1 mile from the parking lot.
At 2.5 miles from the parking lot the Beaver Meadow Trail veers off the logging road onto the Beaver Meadow Bypass trail.
Veruca at bypass trail sign
Beaver Meadow Brook is only a short distance after the turnoff for the Bypass Trail.
Lower Beaver Meadow Brook
Continue up the Bypass Trail for about another 1/2 mile and you will reach Beaver Meadow Lodge.
Approaching the Lodge
Resting at the lodge
Stream as it passes the lodge
For the adventurous types, there are many place you can go from here.
Trail sign at lodge
But for Veruca and I the Lodge was our turn-around spot. We took a couple of minutes to enjoy the quite of the woods, before heading back to the car. Once we reached the parking lot we were greeted with this great rural Vermont landscape.
Beginning of Foliage Season
The total trip was close to 5.6 miles, although I had to shut off my Wooftraxs mileage counter because I ran out of battery power on my phone. Even though there are not any vista or grand landscapes to see from the trail, the wooded paths and the river crossing provide a different kind of beauty for the hiker and canine companion.
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