On September 18, 2011, the city of Norwich, Vermont, became an official Appalachian Trail Community(TM). This designation is earned through the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the non-profit manager of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT).
Norwich has a population of roughly 3,300 and is located in Windsor County, along the Connecticut River.
The Appalachian Trail runs through a wooded section of Norwich and comes out on Elm Street, leading down to Main Street. From there the AT follows Route 5 down to the Ledyard Bridge and crosses over the Connecticut River into Hanover, NH.
Norwich is proud to be home to The Montshire Museum, only a short spur off the AT. There is an active Farmers' Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. between May and the end of October. The market is located on Route 5 South, about a mile from the AT.
Towns, counties and communities along the AT corridor -- especially those that act as good friends and neighbors to the trail -- are esteemed by the ATC.
"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail," stated Community Program Manager Julie Judkins of the ATC. "These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning, as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."
"The Appalachian Trail is a natural resource that we in Norwich are privileged to experience," said Betsy Maislen, head of Norwich friends of the AT committee. "Our goal is to change the world, one hiker at a time through our hospitality. The town of Norwich only asks that hikers 'pay it forward' and provide this kindness to someone along their journey."
The Norwich Public Library warmly welcomes hikers, offering cool and inviting spaces to relax. Catch up with friends and family and find something good to read. Free Internet access is available through our 24/7 Wi-FI and public computers. Take time to explore the paperback book exchange for free books. The best part, they never have to be returned!
Designation as an Appalachian Trail Community(TM) and participation in the program is aimed to:
A child's Trail Magic on Elm Street in Norwich, Vermont -- a few cookies left for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers -- made an impact on hikers and passersby.
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Published Nov 20, 2012.
Published Mar 26, 2014.