Resource Library

Resource Library

Whether you are a trail user or manager, UVTA’s resource library provides guides, articles, tools, links, and other curated content to help groups and individuals find relevant information about trails locally and across the globe. 

Maps and Guides

Trail Finder is a free, interactive mapping site designed to help Vermont and New Hampshire residents and visitors find hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails across our twin state region.
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List of great local hikes with views compiled by Stephen Flanders, Norwich Trails Committee, in consultation with UVTA.

Suggested hiking venues in the Upper Valley 2019-08-02


Check out this guide for UVTA’s recommendations for gorgeous leaf peeping in the Upper Valley! All links in the document will take you to current maps on

Upper Valley Leaf Peeping Guide

This guide includes trails/networks that have accessible parking in the winter AND a list of local stores that sell spikes and other winter hiking accessories.

Spike Hikes

This guide includes links to trails more accessible during the New England Mud Season, plus some tips on how to hike responsibly.

Mud, Sweat & Tears

A guide to watch the sun rise or set in the Upper Valley or further afield!

Sunrise, Sunset Trail Guide

Want to go on a hike but don’t want to summit a steep peak? There are plenty of trails with access to the woods that are flat and easy. This guide is a curated list of hikes with little to no incline with some accessible pathways that can accommodate strollers/wheelchairs.

Rollin’ & Strollin’ Trail Guide

Trail Management and Construction

ABA Trail Standards

(A lower standard, or exception, is allowed under certain conditions as noted.)
Clear tread width: 36” (exception: 32”)
Openings: ½” maximum width (exception: ¾”) on bridge abutments
and boardwalks
Tread obstacles: 2” high maximum
Exceptions to tread obstacles: • 3” high where running slope and cross slope are 5% or less
• 1” high where running slope and cross slope are greater than
MAX RUN OF TRAIL SLOPE MAX DISTANCE between level landings
0-5% See Figure 1 Any Distance (see note 1) See Figure 2
6-8% See Figure 1 50 feet of run (see note 2) See Figure 2
9-10% See Figure 1 30 feet of run (see note 2) See Figure 2
11-14% See Figure 1 5 feet of run (see note 2) See Figure 2
NOTE 1: Running slope greater than 5% not permitted where cross slope exceeds 5%!
NOTE 2: Level landings 5 feet long are required at the end of each run section.
0-2% recommended Any distance
3-5% Any distance See note 3
6-8% 10’ See note 4
10-12% 5’ See note 4
NOTE 3: Cross slope greater than 5% not permitted where running slope exceeds 5%!!
NOTE 4: Level area 5 feet long is required at the end of each run section.

Benefits of Trails