Join CATS on Saturday, December 29th, 10:00 am (rain date Sunday, December 30th at noon) as they celebrate the grand opening of two new "loop trails" off the increasing popular Viall's Crossing Trail. Meet at the trail head on Route 22, about half-way between Westport and Wadhams. Look for parking signs.
The new trails are:
Harold’s Oak Grove Trail named for previous owner Harold White who resisted logger requests to cut the little white oak grove in the southwest corner of his forest because he liked the old trees. Today, the trail showcases those beautiful trees that Harold protected and that we enjoy.
The second loop trail is John Brown’s Trail and commemorates the farm’s historical connection to abolitionist John Brown (John was friends with Harold’s great grandfather, Asa Viall, and would stay in the house when in Westport. After Harper’s Ferry and Brown’s execution, Asa used his wagon to transport Brown’s body to his resting place by Lake Placid). This trail goes by some huge trees that survive from that time.
The hike will be about an hour and a half and if there’s snow, you are welcome to snowshoe or cross-country ski the trail.