Tucked away off of Route 104 in Fairfax, lies the 100 Acre Woods. Yes, the landscape is as magical as the name makes it sound. It is well worth the drive and is a perfect opportunity to explore nature right in our backyards.
Left to the Town in the 1970’s, the land was left unmanaged until 2008, when the Town worked with the County Forester to start logging the woods. It was around this time that the Town decided to explore developing it for recreational uses. Through several years of management, trail work from the VT Youth Conservation Corps and stewardship from nearby landowner, Mike Cain, the Forest has become a beautiful place to explore.
Mike Cain graciously offered to lead RiseVT’ers on a hike along one of the established trails in the Forest.
Easy to reach, head to 2757 Main Street and turn down what looks like a driveway. A small parking area is available on the right for 2-3 cars. After parking, continue along the gravel road until you see the trail entrance on your right. The trail is a gentle incline into the forest. We followed the white blazes, as we made a loop up and into the forest. This is a hike suitable for all ages. It can also be an excellent route for snowshoes or skiers in the winter.
The Recreation Department hopes to continue to improve the area, with plans for signage and further trail development in the future.
What: The 100 Acre Woods
Where: 2757 Main Street, Fairfax, VT. Turn down the driveway; small parking lot is on the right. Trail entrance further down on the right.
When: Year Round Access