Guildhall Access

Name of Project: Guildhall Access                                                FinishedSteps for web

Location: Guildhall, VT

River: Connecticut River

Type of Project: Paddling Boat Put-In and River Access

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed: September 2010

Size: .5 Acre

Water Frontage: 250’

Landowner: Town of Guildhall

Funding Partners: Vermont Department of Forest, Parks & Recreation Trails Program, Upper Connecticut River Mitigation & Enhancement Fund

Property Description: Two sets of timber-cribbed steps provide safe access for nonmotorized boaters and others who wish to get down to the river below the breached Wyoming Dam from the parking lot above.

Project Background: This area around the breached Wyoming Dam was a dangerous hazard for paddle boaters on the Connecticut River.  In 2003, VRC had improved access to the river on the north side of the bridge.  Since then, the area south of the bridge had deteriorated, and erosion was creating safety and environmental hazards.  After consulting with local community members about their interest in the project, VRC received grant funds to hire the NorthWoods Stewardship Center crew to complete the stairs, regrade the trail and install way-finding signage.

Directions: The parking lot leading to the trail is just downstream of the Guildhall/ Northumberland Bridge which connects Route 102 in Vermont with Route 3 in New Hampshire.

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