Wickham Marsh Wildlife Management Area encompasses 862 acres which has been compiled from two different land acquisitions from 1950 and 1970.
Since the completion of the management area there have been several foot trails developed for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, bird watching, hunting, trapping, fishing and education.
While much of the terrain is relatively flat there are a few sections elevation change. The Route 373 Trailhead and the Giddings Road Trailhead start a bit higher than the marsh, requiring the visitor to descend a bit to reach it. A couple of the hills are rather steep and narrow with slippery footing. Some of the trails follow old woods roads while others have been newly developed where the tread is narrower.
There are only two trails that have been adequately marked, while others lack the disks. A few of the trails have also gone under a slight, disrepair so to speak, and need some help. Deadfall has overtaken a few sections of trail, but the course through it is easy to follow. Be aware that the low laying trails have some water issue as they approach the marsh and beaver areas, but are still passable.
It would be a good idea to have a map with you, as the trails are similar to a bowl of spaghetti and not well marked at intersections.
Route 373 Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 373 for 1.4 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Lake Street Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 373 for 3.0 miles to the Lake Street on the left. Follow Lake Street for 1.1 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Giddings Road Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of Keeseville follow Route 373 for 3.0 miles to the Lake Street on the left. Follow Lake Street for 1.7 miles to Giddings Road on the left. Follow Giddings Road for about 0.75 miles to the trailhead on the left.
This trail system is perfect for all ages, makes and models of hikers.
This area is excellent for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, Keep in mind though, that for skiing, some of these trails are very steep. Snow pack in some of the areas a bit lacking in not-so-good snow year, making the forests of evergreens less covered that the hardwood forests.
Read our blog post about this area!