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25 days ago

Fun forest trail. Great with dogs!

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29 days ago

Nice, on the easy side of moderate trail. Took my husband and me about 1.5 hours to complete because we stopped and looked at each tree on the Tree Loop! Enjoyed the view of Mt.Ascutney as we had just hiked that a few days earlier and were happy to look at it from another angle! This is a very low key hike that does not require any scrambling and is not overly steep at any point and the distance is perfect for a nice hike that does not take long. Well maintained and easy to follow.

Just posting this to answer the question about the mine location. (After all it is the lost mine lol). Its easy to miss as it’s not much more than a hole in the ground filled with water now but it is on the trial. If you do the loop counterclockwise it’s maybe 0.5 miles into the loop.

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1 month ago

Well marked, completed in 53 mins. Very nice hike.

Awesome trail! Many different types of mushrooms. Beautiful area. I was not able to find the Mine though. Does anyone know where it is located on the trail?

Not much of a trail. Just a walk on a dirt road

We completed this in 90 mins with one of our dogs. no phenomenal views, but a pleasant enough hike.

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6 months ago

This was a great snowshoe trail but tough in deep snow. We can't wait to come back in the late spring and hike it.

Decent trail. We were the only ones on the trail the whole time.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Went here to stretch my legs during a long car ride. I would say it's on the easier side of moderate with a very gradual incline. Views at the top were nice but not stunning. The trail was not well marked/not marked at alll. Also it looked like ATV utilize the trail a lot, which I personally don't like given the pup was running around

Sunday, October 08, 2017

A beautiful fall hike, well marked trail.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Great trail though could use some maintenance. We were alone on the entire trail today, mid-day. Great day!

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

I do plan to come back in the fall, I think there will be a better view at the top. As the other reviewers have mentioned, this is a buggy trail. Its also an atv trail so watch out. There are no sign markers and we ended up going into some guys property at first. He was kind and told us to bear left when coming from the bottom instead of going straight up. My favorite part was going through a beautiful field that another property owner has graciously allowed trail hikers passage.There are picnic tables and some views here. This is about two thirds up to the top. The top is worth it for sure. There is something very special about the Springfield area.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

We hiked this trail today, indeed it was buggy and muddy at the bottom but drier and lovelier as we went up. The hike is unmarked, so our GPS came in very handy. Lots of frogs of various sizes in the puddles along the way, the kids found that very entertaining.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Beautiful trail through the forest, old stone walls, an old mine and a view of a distant mountain. Well marked. Moderate trail, had our dog with us and she had no problems.

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Sunday, August 06, 2017

Beautiful wooded forest. Stonewalls, a small view of Mt Ascutney, and marvelous trees await you here.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

This is a relatively easy loop trail. There's not much of a view anywhere along the trail but it's a nice hike through the town forest. There is an old abandoned talc mine along the trail from the early 1900's.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

I noticed this had only one review so I decided I'd add my two cents. This is one of my favorites little hikes. Downside is it can be muddy and it can be buggy. Not sure why the description says it features a river. At best there is a small brook that runs beside the trail for a ways. At one spot it has been dammed up by beavers to make a very small pond (more like a large swamp). Sometimes in early spring/mud season the trail can become impassable here as the brook that flows out of the "pond" overtakes the road. The top of mount Ephraim is the highest point in Springfield and offers a great view on a clear day when the leaves are off the trees.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

So I parked at the dirt turnaround opposite the Stelafane Observatory, walked roughly a mile to where the Jordan road breaks right/straight, but we bore left through a gate with a public access sign on it. After another half a mile I came to the property of the local landowner that cordially invited us to start up the ridge via a trail on his property that ran between several firewood piles and up a short incline to a vista where the landowner had placed a few benches. From the we walked another half a mile up the ridge to its south end, another open, rocky vista where I believe the views were better. Found a nice large cairn here, according to the landowner, it has been there for several decades. This was a gentle hike, more of a walk. The views are marginal but the property and trail that winds through it are very picturesque.

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