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Broad Brook

An easy hike along Broad Brook in Pownal. Access is off White Oaks Road (through Williamstown). Parking for at least 8 cars. Trail head is immediately after crossing the state line.

Directions: The west end of Broad Brook Trail begins on White Oaks Road in Pownal, near the Vermont and Massachusetts state line. Parking lot is on the east side of the road just beyond the state border. From White Oaks Road, this trail ascends 3.7 miles to the northeast, ending at Risky Ranch Road.

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Hoosick Bend Trail

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Mountain Meadow Preserve and Grace Niles Trail

The only access to this trail in Vermont (Pownal) is by driving up White Oaks Road from Williamstown, MA.

Directions to the Grace Niles Trail
From Route 7, in Williamstown, MA, turn east on Sand Springs Road (also known as Bridges Road). Turn left or north on White Oaks Road. Follow White Oaks Road until in crosses into Vermont. At the first intersection, go left. (The road on the right is Old Military Highway.) Very soon, you come to another place where the road branches. Go left on Benedict Road. Follow Benedict Road until you see a parking place on the left. The trail there will take you on Grace Niles Trail. Grace Niles Trail has several branches after that.

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South Stream Wildlife Area

Access and parking is located at the end of South Stream Access Area Road off South Stream Road in Pownal. Non-motorized boat access. There is an old road to walk on (on the right as you drive in, sometimes gated, not for motorized vehicles) that goes out to the dam at the north end of the pond. Less than a mile from parking to dam. Flat easy walking.

The Information below is from the VT Fish & Wildlife Department

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Strobridge Area Hiking Trails

Strobridge Recreation Area

The Strobridge Recreation Area, on the west side of the Hoosic River, on the slopes leading up to the Taconic Ridge, contains a number of undeveloped trails. The lands are indicated in green in the map below. Private lands and the Hoosic River currently prevent easy access to the trails. Hikers can hike into the area from New York side of the route 346 bridge over the Hoosic River by starting up the Taconic Crest Trail and then cutting down into the Strobridge Area. An alternative route is through the gravel bed area across the North Pownal bridge, but this route is not recommended at this time for safety and possible legal issues. The trails are indicated in magenta on the map associated with this description.

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The Dome Trail

Dome Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Pownal, Vermont that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November.

Three mile hike to the peak can be combined with Broad Brook Trail to form a loop. Limited views at the peak but a beautiful climb along large rock formations near the top. Trail blazed in orange and easy to follow.

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