We’re excited to start work on the new trail that will result in a seven-mile, car-free recreational trail connecting downtown Newport with trails in Canada.

In July 2019, we contracted with DeWolfe Engineering Associates to develop the engineering plans for the proposed bridge and bike path.

In August, geoengineers from S.W. Cole Engineering, Inc., took soil samples from around Scott’s Cove. The results showed that it is safe to build the bridge and boardwalk across the waterway.

The proposed bridge will connect Prouty Beach and the VLT-owned Bluffside Farm. Prouty Beach connects to recreational trails through downtown Newport. The Bluffside Farm trail will also connect to the the Beebe Spur Rail Trail, a four-mile rail trail that spans along the eastern shore of Lake Memphremagog toward Canada. (See map below.)

Public Input Wanted

The project is on track, and construction is scheduled to start in Spring 2020. But, before we get going, we want to hear from you. A project update is scheduled for October 17 at 5:30 pm. The update will be held in the Newport Municipal Building (222 Main St., Newport, VT) in the Council Room. The presentation and input session will be part of the Newport Recreation Committee meeting, and it will be open to the public. You can view the conceptual designs here.

[UPDATE: Watch the meeting, review participants’ questions, and take a closer look at the presentation.]

About Bluffside Farm

We purchased Bluffside Farm, a former dairy farm located on Lake Memphremagog, in December 2015.

Following public meetings and farm tours, VLT and community members identified recreation, farming, and nature as priorities for the land.

The farm has been open to the public since its purchase and is used by 1) community members for walking, skiing, and hunting; 2) local schools as an outdoor classroom; and 3) the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to grow vegetables for North Country Hospital and Northern Vermont Regional Hospital.

In 2018, we raised the $1.2 million to build the Bluffside Farm section of the trail. Currently, trail users must travel vehicular roads to get from one of these trails to the other. Learn more about the project here.

Bluffside Trail Map

map showing trail