As Vermonters we show our love for our Green Mountain State in many ways: we relish the outdoors, we flock to summer festivals, we hike, we eat local food, we brag, we share photos, the list goes on and on. But one thing that brings out our greatest sense of pride is stewardship. We take care of Vermont. Green Up Day is a huge success each year, so is National Trails Day.
National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails. Organized by the American Hiking Society, the event celebrates our national trail system, a network of interconnected trails and trail organizations that stretches across the country. Here in Middlebury we celebrate on the TAM (Trail Around Middlebury), a 16-mile foot-path that stretches around the heart of Middlebury linking several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and local landmarks.
Established 24 years ago, the TAM, is the major project of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), the leading conservation and trails organization in Addison County. The Land Trust’s dedication to stewardship includes the conservation of working landscape and natural areas, protecting water quality, and linking green spaces. MALT’s strategic plan includes conserving “areas with key visual or aesthetic attributes.”
MALT’s plan is music to my ears. As a Vermont Realtor and long-time resident, I love aesthetic attributes and my family and friends love theses terrific trails. The Battell Trail, part of the TAM, is near one of my Lincoln listings on Quaker Street (shown here on the left).
Another great property near the other side of the TAM is this Weybridge home on Otter Creek Lane (shown here on the right). This is the view from the back porch. This property has river views, proximity to hiking trails, and is walking distance to Middlebury!
These two listings are only the beginning of my list of examples of spectacular Vermont properties near beautiful hiking trails and open spaces. National Trails Day is the prefect day to view them.