Winter is just around the corner and there is no better time to try something new. Winter can be a challenging time to fit in your 30 minutes of outdoor physical activity due to slippery snowfall, shorter days and colder temperatures. Over the past few weeks RiseVT has highlighted trail systems in Franklin and Grand Isle County, and just because the snow has started to fall does not mean you need to wait until spring to get out and explore. We would like to empower you to take advantage of the local resources in our community. Through the RiseVT Mini Grant Project, the Enosburg Public Library now has a variety of different sized snowshoes on hand to loan to any community member, for free. All you have to do is go to the front desk during normal business hours, ask for a pair, sign them out and return them when you are finished. You are also welcome to sign-out multiple pairs so your whole family can go snowshoeing.
A quick reminder before venturing out into the cold — pack an extra layer, water, healthy snack, and if you are walking during hunting season be sure you are wearing an orange blaze, and you might even bring along a headlamp or flashlight. Now that you are properly prepared and have the right equipment you might ask ‘where should I take my family on our first snowshoe?’ Head to the Enosburg Public Library, sign out your snowshoes and go to the Brownway River Trail.
There are two trail heads. On the weekend, park in the elementary school parking lot, and follow a trail entrance along the southeast boundary of the Village Garage, or enter at the main entrance on Missisquoi Street across from Missisquoi Cemetery. There is an interpretive trail map at the elementary school entrance.
An easy 0.9 miles trail in length and runs alongside the river taking you through fields, forests and floodplains, perfect for hiking, walking and snowshoeing.
If you’d like to learn more about where you can snowshoe in your community, be on the lookout here for more information about local trails and libraries.
If you would like to learn more about Enosburg Public Library and the events that are held there, check out their website: https://enosburghlibrary.net/