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Tim's Trail - The Nature Conservancy is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fair Haven, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Length 2.6 mi Elevation gain 482 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Please note: it has been reported that the trail may be inaccessible due to flooding. Please check with the preserve for updated information. It is hard to imagine a more inspiring piece of Vermont landscape than the Helen W. Buckner Memorial Preserve. Encircled by the southernmost end of Lake Champlain to the west and south, the Poultney River to the east, and Bald Mountain to the north, this is an isolated piece of rural Vermont not reached by a road until 1934. Today, it remains a less visited part of the state, where rare snakes, peregrine falcons, and five-lined skinks (the only lizard found in the state) still outnumber human visitors. The Buckner Preserve is the most ecologically diverse natural area managed by the Conservancy in Vermont, and is home to 11 uncommon or rare-in-Vermont animal species, 18 species of rare or uncommon plants, and at least 15 distinct natural community types. Here paddlers can explore undeveloped Lake Champlain shoreline, the secluded twists and turns of the Lower Poultney River, and, in high water, floodplain forests and marshes. Trail walkers can move quickly from the lake and river shore, up through gently rolling hay meadows, cross stony talus slopes, and ascend cliffs topped by a dry oak-hickory-hophornbeam forest. From the cliffs there are sweeping vistas of the narrowing south end of Lake Champlain, the Poultney River, and lake-influenced wetlands. Bald Mountain adds its indomitable character to the preserve with its stark cliffs and talus slopes, home to peregrine falcon nests and a unique assemblage of amphibians and reptiles found nowhere else in Vermont.

The Nature Conservancy: Southern Vermont Office 348 Bentley Ave Poultney, VT 05764 mmchugh@tnc.org

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Don L
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

Trail seems to have taken a beating from the summer storm that devastated that area. Lots of trees down, though most were cleared off the trail. Tricky trail with leaves on hidden rocks, wife twisted her ankle a bit. View of South Bay is nice, and my gps showed just under 3 miles in all.

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William Tyler
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Hiking

I knew Tim, great guy taken too soon. Trail does seem longer then it says, it doubles back at viewing area at top, don’t continue north with the trail markers, they go north to another summit.

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Sherri Lochner
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BugsMuddyRocky

Buggy near standing water. Very rocky and slippery in areas. Felt more like 5 miles than 2.6. I would not take young kids on this trail. Lots of garder snakes to see!

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Celeste Harp
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HikingBlowdownMuddyRocky

A very rocky 2.5 mile trail that is luckily well marked. You traverse through diverse ecosystems with some pretty great views at the top of South Bay. Wear good hiking boots! The trail head is in VT and not NY- google maps might bring you to the wrong place like it did for us. Luckily I still know how to read a regular map without google voice commands!

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Bill Doaner
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HikingBugs

Beautiful moderate trail with great views! I saw 3 Peregrine Falcons! Also saw snakes, frogs, and other creatures. Great hike for the kids!

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R Turn
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Closed

not where it supposed to be on map. river had flooded the road and was inaccessible

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Paul Patten
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Hiking

Hiked the trail 12/31/18. Great hike. Temp was 34, no bugs, no snakes, good views. Hiking partner knew Tim and took a moment to silently remember him

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Matt Sullivan
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Great spot, lots to see along the Cog-man.

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Lisa Walker
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Hiking

A beautiful walk in the woods. Nice views along the way.

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Dan Harp
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Joel Tilley
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ROBIN LEIGHT
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