For Immediate Release: September 24, 2018
Prudence MacKinney, Director
Brattleboro Office of Local Health
Vermont Department of Health
New Resource for Getting Out on the Trail in the Windham Area
Brattleboro — With the leaves starting to turn, one of the prettiest times of year in Vermont is getting underway, and more and more people are looking for trails and hikes to make the most of our outdoor vistas. To help Vermonters and visitors find trails that meet their abilities and interests, the Windham Regional Commission, in collaboration with the Brattleboro office of the Vermont Department of Health, has created the Windham on the Move Trail Resource, available at windhamregional.org/trails.
The resource guide provides information about the many trails in the Windham region all in one place. The region is composed of the 23 towns of Windham County, as well as Readsboro, Searsburg and Winhall in Bennington County, and Weston in Windsor County. The guide details two to four trails per town, each with a brief description to help walkers and hikers find the best site for their interests and abilities. The listings include trails that are accessible for families who want to try a short, easy walk, and trails for people looking for a more vigorous outing. All you need is pair of sturdy shoes, though for many of the trails sneakers are just fine. And it’s always a good idea to bring along EPA-approved insect repellent and plenty of water.
“We live in such a beautiful state,” said Prudence MacKinney, director of the Brattleboro Local Health Office. “The trail resource guide makes it that much easier for people to be active outdoors doing what they enjoy,” said MacKinney, adding that regular physical activity is an important key to reducing chronic disease. “Being out in our lovely woods and meadows is good for your mind and body. Whatever activity you choose, by yourself or with family and friends, you’re doing your body good.”
Among the trails featured in the guide is the Weeks Carriage Trail in Guilford. The Carriage Trail is a flat, round-trip walk of slightly less than one mile along a brook on an old carriage road that served a mineral springs resort. Another is the West River Trail in Brattleboro, a multi-use, unpaved surface pathway on an old railroad grade that parallels the West River.
To get the Trail Resource Guide and for more information about the Windham Regional Commission, visit windhamregional.org/trails.
Learn more about 3-4-50, the Health Department’s initiative to reduce chronic disease: healthvermont.gov/3-4-50
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