Canyon Lot

Elmore, Vermont

Elmore Branch

Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Swimming Hole
Swimming Hole
Fishing Area
Fishing Area
This site, with rocky pools, falls, and narrow channels, surrounded by old forest is like a whole new world along the Elmore Branch.
Dogs not allowed
Dogs not allowed
No cell service
No cell service
Hiking
Hiking
Winter access
Winter access
! Special considerations: There is no infrastructure, trails, or signage present on the property, in efforts preserve the sensitive natural communities that exist, particularly assemblages of mosses and lichens that are susceptible to trampling.
  • Public access: Yes
  • Activities: Hiking, swimming, fishing
Canyon Lot Elmore, Vermont Elmore Branch

Canyon Lot

All parts of a watershed are important to its function as a whole, and headwaters are no exception. This site is situated on the Elmore Branch, a headwaters of the Lamoille. Previously owned by a logging company, but left untouched due to its natural beauty, this site is a rare old-growth forest. A place filled with pillowy mosses, spongy soils, and seeps, as well as old hemlock trees, among other species. In addition to the high biodiversity of plants, bobcats, coyotes, ruffed grouse, squirrels, and deer call this place home. In terms of aquatic species, this forested reach is prime habitat for brook trout, and provides great conditions for amphibians. It also helps people downstream by storing rainwater, especially important during droughts and floods. One of our goals as Vermont River Conservancy is to protect more places like this, where even the smallest streams can make a big difference for the overall watershed.

Conservation Details

  • River: Elmore Branch
  • Acreage: 14
  • River frontage (ft): 1726

Funding Partners

This project made possible thanks to the support and partnership of:

  • Vermont Housing and Conservation Board

Before You Go

There is no infrastructure, trails, or signage present on the property. There is a wide shoulder along East Elmore Road that could accommodate parking. Visitors should take extreme caution to minimize the impact on these sensitive ecological communities.

Directions

From VT Route 15 in Wolcott turn on School Street for 0.5 miles. Continue straight onto East Elmore Road and drive for 1.5 miles until a turn in the road. Park on the shoulder of the road next to the Elmore Branch. The eastern portion of the property is immediately accessible. To access the western portion walk north to 1900 East Elmore Road. Cross the bridge (entering private property) and walk south between the rows of blueberry bushes to the forested edge where the property boundary begins.