North Springfield Reservoir Trail

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Springfield Nature Area

North Springfield Reservoir Trail is a 8.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Perkinsville, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length8.4 miElevation gain577 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashkid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingMountain bikingSnowshoeingWalkingRunningForestLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeBugsRocky
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To complete the full loop you must cross back over the river just before the Power Dam, during autumn and winter this is pretty simple as it will be very shallow or completely frozen over however, in the spring and early summer the water will be much higher and faster obviously making crossing risky

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Alan Bowen
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A nice morning walk. No real elevation gain for over 8 miles worth

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Kristine Gual
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Nature trips

The river walk portion is the best part of this trail - it is scenic and family friendly. Great for trail running or snowshoeing.

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Matt Dolitsky
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Beautiful views.

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Dianne Swinyer
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Lorrie Weissgarber
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Mountain bikingGreat!

Beautiful scenery during the fall.Perfect for a semi-novice!

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Dallas Lynn
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HikingGreat!

love that its so incredibly family friendly. My kids beg to do this trail!

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Bill Doaner
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A couple of photo opportunities, but nothing great. Most of this hike is on roads!

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Antonio Osorio
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Raymond Borkowski
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Christie Bielmeier
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HikingGreat!

The views were great. Yes this is a wide trail, but there are plenty of side trails to duck into. The road section was not great and I almost missed the last trail section! Overall great hike!

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Noel D
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Mountain biking

Beautiful scenery nice ride along the river. Great challenge. Being a newbie I got lost after 4 miles and turned back. It wasnt very well signed I hope to finish it properly someday soon.

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Emma Aspell
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RunningBugs

This is really a combination of a few trails, roads, and service roads. It’s not very well marked but there aren’t too many places you can get lost. The section near the Springfield nature area has some fun trails to explore if you have time. In that area, they all circle back to the same meadow. There were no overgrown bits as most of this “trail” is a 3-5 foot wide path. Overall great for trail running.

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Steve I
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Mountain biking

One of the campground staff recommended this trail for a short ride before the rain came pouring in. It was very nice, with several connecting trails that don't allow bikes.

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Aryn Morcom
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If you are doing the 8 mile loop you end up having to walk on the road for the last 2 miles and the road is really not made for walking on. unless I went the wrong way but i just was following the red trail line it gives you. The first 6 miles are amazing and then you come up to an industrial dam and you are walking next to a highway for a while. Eventually you end up at this flooded area where I had to walk in the water for about 100 meters! I am not complaining it was a hot day so it cooled me off ! It was just very unexpected!!! I really love this hike but would never do the full loop again i would probably turn around before the dam c:. It does have a road route or through the woods and many cool things to see!

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Michael Derosier
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Mountain biking

April 26, 2020. We started off on a mountain bike ride from the recommended trailhead/parking area on the north side of the loop. We went south first on the east side of the river. Being novices and having never been here before it was a bit difficult to follow the recommended loop/trail/path without constantly looking at the map. We found ourselves on some challenging hills and narrow paths on the first section of the trail (about first 2 miles). We are beginner mountain bikers.. Had to walk a few sections. BUT.....We did it and had a blast. Toward the south end things are smoother. A few muddy spots this time of year are to be expected. Crossing the dam area at the south end of the loop was cool. Again, heading north, the trails weren’t marked great but this made it somewhat adventurous I suppose. The section of river at the falls is pretty cool and would be a good place for a short rest. We finished the loop without having to go through the river as one reviewer mentioned. The last mile was part route 106 and Stoughton Pond Road which took us right back to the parking area. Doing the loop the other direction might not have been as much fun. There is plenty of grassy cross country style riding with sections of dirt and gravel roads mixed in (most of the loop is that way actually. Total ride time was somewhere around 90 minutes for novice riders who stopped frequently to catch our breath, check the map, and take in the scenery. Both of my sons and I would definitely do it again.

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Westley Blake
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Megan Ann
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wear jeans overgrown in some areas ...follow signs

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Amy Pandolfi
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Hiking

One of my favorite areas. You will want a map to get the most out of your visit here. Fairly easy terrain, some of the trails at the furthest points are very narrow or overgrown completely. I recommend starting at the meadows and, doing that loop, then going towards the water for some great views.

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Judy Payne
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Dull. Trail hard to find. I did about 3 miles and turned around. Grass really high. No views. Noise from farm vehicles.

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Mindy Fisher
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Hiking

I have not done the entire loop yet but have done bits and pieces. It is easy and I love the scenery, the creek and seeing how it looks as the seasons change.

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Bri Lawrence
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Hiking

This is a long trail that follows a river and is beautiful. Lots of frogs and birds.

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Andrew Czwakiel
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Mountain biking

This loop is fairly long if hiking, about 8.5 miles. I mountain bike the loop fairly often. Other than the Perkinsville Stoughton Pond parking lot trail head listed for this trail there are multiple other trail head starting points incase anyone is interested: There is parking in Perkinsville, if you take Maple street till the end, you'll end up at a small paved parking lot. This parking area is nearest to the power dam in Perkinsville. There is parking on the edge of Weathersfield, off Reservoir rd. It's a big paved parking lot, there is access to the Springfield Dam and other trails there. In Springfield, where Maple street meets the Dam Crest rd (road that goes across the Springfield dam) there is a small paved parking lot. This lot gives you the closest access to the trails near the dam and along the airport.

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Eric Ruffin
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This is a pretty long loop but none of the terrain is very challenging. Trail starts at the small pull off dirt parking just past the Stoughton Pond dam, continues south towards the North Springfield Reservoir and dam following wooden post markers with the green and then blue arrows. After passing the dam, bear right heading North on a smooth bicycle path that runs the full length of the Springfield airport, arriving at the Perkinsville power dam recreation area. Bear right past the next gate onto the snowmobile trail, after a short walk along this field you will bear right again towards the river on an unmarked path leading out through a tall grassy area. Soon you will find yourself at a very narrow and shallow crossing area, the other side is of course being the initial section of trail you started on. This last section makes it a somewhat primitive loop but can be done quite easily with the tracking function.

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Becky Warner
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Ingo Mierswa
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Chip Howard
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Ryan Santangelo
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Mary Miller
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Thomas Sy
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jamey lemon
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