On July 30, 2019, representatives from Stowe Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation (FPR) gathered in Stowe to protect the 750-acre Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest with a permanent conservation easement and transfer ownership of the land to the State of Vermont as an addition to the surrounding C.C. Putnam State Forest.
The land is now open to the public for dispersed recreation. A limited trail network is currently open to pedestrian use, and all trails on the property are closed to bikes until trail improvements can be made to meet industry standards for mountain bike trails. Click here to see a map of open pedestrian trails.
Permitted uses of the property include:
- hunting, trapping, fishing
- wildlife observation
Mountain biking, horseback riding, and motorized recreational activities are restricted to town roads.
With support from local partners, including Stowe Trails Partnership and Stowe Land Trust, the Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation will continue assessing and working on the trail network with the goal of opening additional trails and allowing more uses as improvements are completed.
To celebrate this historic conservation project, Stowe Land Trust and its project partners will host a public ribbon cutting celebration at Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest on August 21st at 9 am. The ribbon cutting will be followed by an opportunity to take a guided walk on the land. We hope to see you there!
Directions to the land: From Stowe Village take Route 100 north to Brush Hill Road. Turn right and follow Brush Hill Road up to the top of the hill where it takes a sharp right turn at the Morrill Farm and becomes Brownsville Road. The closest portion of the property will be an open field on the right in half a mile. Brownsville Road then continues through Brownsville-Story Ridge Forest and connects on the other side of the property with Moss Glen Falls Road.
Parking: Parking is along the road or in small pull-offs on the side of the road. Please pull out of the way of driveways and traffic, and be respectful of neighbors and adjacent private land.