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
List of great local hikes with views compiled by Stephen Flanders, Norwich Trails Committee, in consultation with UVTA.
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 Trailfinder.info
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.
This guide includes links to trails more accessible during the New England Mud Season, plus some tips on how to hike responsibly.
A guide to the Upper Valley’s finest falls!
Trail Management and Construction
United States Forest Service / USDA – Trail Construction and Maintenance Handbook
KEY REQUIREMENTS FOR AN ACCESSIBLE TRAIL
(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
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
RUNNING SLOPE (TRAIL GRADE UP OR DOWN):
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.
MAX CROSS SLOPE MAX DISTANCE
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.