Submitted by: Elisabeth Fenn, Stowe Land Trust
In the northeast corner of Stowe is a quiet parcel of land just waiting to be explored. The 750-acre Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest was conserved by Stowe Land Trust in 2019 and given to the State of Vermont as an addition to the 14,000-acre C.C. Putnam State Forest. This recreational paradise is a dream for anyone who likes to Nordic ski or snowshoe in a quiet forest with spectacular views.
Beginner skiers and snowshoers should plan to explore the unplowed sections of McCall Pasture Road and Brownsville Road. You can add on a little off-road loop through the open meadows off either road to get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
For a more adventurous expedition, try to ski or snowshoe the hiking trail that winds through the property. Keep a sharp eye out for the blue plastic blazes that mark the way – this little-traveled route often has no other human tracks.
Stowe Land Trust is also offering two opportunities this winter to get out and explore the property with a group. Both events are free and open to the public. More information can be found on SLT’s website. Whichever way you choose, get outside and enjoy the sunny cold days of winter on your public lands.
Nordic Ski in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest
February 15, 2020 | 10 a.m. – Noon
Meet at the corner of McCall Pasture Road and Brownsville Road where the plowing ends. Please pull to the side of the road and take care not to block neighboring driveways or the roadway.
Participants should dress in warm layers and have previous Nordic skiing experience. This is not a ski lesson. Please bring backcountry Nordic skis, poles and boots (metal edged skis are highly recommended). Please leave pets at home.
Moonlight Snowshoe in Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest
March 6, 2020 | 7 – 9 p.m.
From Stowe Village take Rt. 100 N to Brush Hill. Turn right on Brush Hill Rd and follow the road uphill. Turn right at the top of the hill at the Morrill Farm. This is Brownsville Road. Continue to where the plowing ends. Please pull to the side of the road and take care not to block neighboring driveways or the roadway.
Participants should dress in warm layers and wear snowshoes (poles are optional but recommended). Please leave pets at home.