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Hazen's   Notch   Association
Gateway to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom through scenic Hazen's Notch
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Welcome Center + The Gallery Within

Visit the Hazen's Notch, Vermont Welcome Center for Visitor Information about the wildlife preserves, recreation areas, and nature centers in the Hazen's Notch / Jay Peak area of the northern Green Mountains.

“The Gallery Within” at the Welcome Center is an art gallery that features fine art and photos by Rolf Anderson and other artists.

The HNA Welcome Center is a converted farm building located at 1423 Hazen's Notch Road, 1.5 miles east of Montgomery Center. The Welcome Center serves as the administrative offices of the Hazen's Notch Association.

There are picnic tables inside the Welcome Center where you can enjoy a lunch you bring from home. Picture windows provide beautiful views of the Jay Mountains. There is a restroom and a workbench for waxing skis. You can get warm and dry your boots near the woodstove.

The Center rents cross country ski equipment and snowshoes.

Hours / Heures

In Winter, once the trails are open to skiing, the Welcome Center is open from 9 to 5 on weekends, 9 to 4 weekdays. The Welcome Center is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. During winter thaws when trails are closed, the Center may not be staffed. If you are coming some distance, we suggest that you call ahead to ensure that someone is here to welcome you when you arrive. You can also check the Trail Conditions page on this web site to find out if we are open. In Spring, Summer & Fall, the Welcome Center is staffed on a part-time basis. Trailhead information signboards, trail maps and nature brochures are located outside at the Welcome Center, the Bear Paw Pond Area parking and the High Ponds Farm parking.

Directions / Itinéraire

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The HNA Welcome Center is located on Route 58, the Hazen's Notch Road, 1.5 miles east of Montgomery Center. The building is on the left as you come from Montgomery Center. Parking for trail users is just past the building. Please park at a right angle to the road and be sure that your vehicle does not interfere with traffic. Thank you!

Note: Route 58 is Not a Through Road in Winter

If you are coming from the east, you will not be able to drive through Hazen's Notch from usually mid-November through mid-May. Route 58 through the Notch is not plowed or sanded during the Winter months. Use alternate routes: Route 242 for travel from Jay Village to Montgomery Center; Route 118 for travel from Route 100. From Montgomery Center Route 58 is plowed to the Welcome Center and to just beyond the Amidon Road. Drive carefully and watch for skiers and snowshoers at trail crossings. Thank you!

From the South:

  55 miles or 1.5 hours north of Montpelier. Follow I-89 to Waterbury, Vermont and Route 100 north to Eden. Turn left on Route 118 north to Montgomery Center.

From Burlington:

  65 miles or 1.5 hours northeast of Burlington. Follow I-89 north to Saint Albans and Rte 104 north to Jct. Rte 105. Continue on Rte 105 east to East Berkshire. Turn right on Rte 118 south to Montgomery Center.

From Montréal:

  85 miles or 1.5 hours southeast of Montreal. Follow the Eastern Townships Autoroute to Exit 22 and follow Routes 35 & 133 to Pike River. Turn left (east) on Route 202 to Stanbridge East. Then turn right on Route 237 (south) through Bedford and Frelighsburg to the US/Canada border in West Berkshire. Follow Vermont Route 118 South to Montgomery Center.

 

Please Observe the Following Rules

The trails described in this web site and shown on the Map of the Trails of the Hazenís Notch Association are maintained and managed by the Hazenís Notch Association, a non-profit conservation organization in Montgomery, Vermont. Over 30 landowners generously allow 40 miles of trails to pass over 2000 acres of private land for public use. Ensure continued landowner generosity for public access to private lands by obeying the rules listed here and on posted signs. Please respect private property and landowner privacy by staying away from all dwellings, camps and outbuildings.

In Winter, trails are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Trails are not open at night. When snow cover is thin, trails are icy or thawing conditions exist, trails may be closed for user safety and to prevent further deterioration of trail surfaces. Observe all "Trails Closed" signs to ensure personal safety. Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and All Terrain Vehicles are not allowed. Winter trail access is from the Welcome Center only. There is no trail access at the High Ponds Farm in Winter.

 

Skiing / Ski De Fonds

The HNA trails are maintained in winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. An area use fee is charged in winter and should be paid at the Welcome Center on Rt. 58. Winter trail users should sign in at the Welcome Center before accessing trails. Winter trail access is from the Welcome Center only. There is no trail access at the High Ponds Farm in Winter.

Stay on marked trails. Landowners have granted permission for use of the marked trails only. Areas that lie both outside and within the marked trails are not open to the public. Respect "Trail Closed" signs where present. Do not bushwack. Snowboarding, Snowmobiling and ATV's are not allowed.

Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

Please do not litter. If you carried it in - carry it out. Thank you!

 

Snowshoeing / Raquettes

All of the Hazenís Notch trails are open to snowshoeing. Several trails are dedicated to snowshoeing and are marked with the snowshoer symbol. While snowshoers may occasionally encounter skiers on these dedicated snowshoeing trails, snowshoeing trails are ungroomed.

Snowshoers may travel on the packed, groomed ski trails but should be careful to avoid stepping on machine-set ski tracks. These uniform tracks are made with a tracksetter that is pulled behind a snowmobile. The tracks are important to skiers to facilitate control of the skis. Some skiers make lack control on downhill portions of trails. Therefore snowshoers should be careful to keep from blocking the path of downhill skiers who have the right of way.

Stay on marked trails. Respect "Trail Closed" signs where present. Winter trail access is from the Welcome Center only. There is no trail access at the High Ponds Farm in Winter.

Attention: A 200-acre area on Burnt Mountain has been posted against trespassing due to ongoing forest management activities. Open trails: Beaver Ponds Trail to Moosewood Ponds and beyond to the Bear Paw Pond Area; Dark Entry, Woodfern Loop, Coyote Connector and Sugar House trails. Closed trails: High Meadow Trail, Notch Trail, Sunset Ridge + Window Rock trails.

Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

Please do not litter. If you carried it in - carry it out. Thank you!

 

Trails Fee / Billets des Sentiers

Winter trail fees help to pay the many costs associated with the operation of the Welcome Center, including trail maintenance and the staff needed to serve winter trail users. There is no charge for the use of trails in Spring, Summer & Fall. Membership contributions and donations to the HNA Trails Fund help meet the many expenses associated with the maintenance and management of the HNA trails in Summer and Fall. Thank you!

 

Winter Hiking / La Marche en Hiver

From December 20 to April 15, trail users must use either snowshoes or skis unless the ground is bare. Walking on trails in winter deteriorates the condition of the snow surface. The resulting "post holes" can create a hazard for others. Winter Hiking, therefore, is not allowed.

Attention: A 200-acre area on Burnt Mountain has been posted against trespassing due to ongoing forest management activities. Open trails: Beaver Ponds Trail to Moosewood Ponds and beyond to the Bear Paw Pond Area; Dark Entry, Woodfern Loop, Coyote Connector and Sugar House trails. Closed trails: High Meadow Trail, Notch Trail, Sunset Ridge + Window Rock trails.

 

Summer & Fall Hiking / La Marche en Été et Automne

Approximately 10 miles of the Hazenís Notch trail network are open for walking and hiking in Summer and Fall. These trails are located at the High Ponds Farm, a privately owned nature preserve located in the Hazen's Notch Area of Montgomery, Vermont. At the High Ponds Farm visit the Moosewood Ponds to see beavers and wildflowers. Above the Moosewood Ponds, the High Meadow with its beautiful views is a great destination for a picnic.

In Summer and Fall, trails are open from sunrise to sunset. Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

Stay on marked trails. Respect "Trail Closed" signs where present. Please do not litter. If you carried it in - carry it out. Thank you!

Closed: High Meadow, Notch, Sunset Ridge + Window Rock trails all closed due to Forest management work.

 

Group Visits / Visites Des Groupes

Please note that while the HNA Trails are open to the public at no charge in the summer, a fee is charged for groups. This includes school, home school, church or other community groups. This includes both non-profit and for-profit groups and whether your visit is self-directed or facilitated by HNA staff. There are many costs associated with the management of trails that are open to the public. Group use fees and membership contributions help the HNA office to meet these expenses. Please contact the HNA office to arrange your group visit.   Thank you.

 

Dogs / Chiens

Dogs are not allowed on trails in the Winter. In Summer and Fall, pets must be kept on a short leash at all times.

 

Picnicing / Picnique

Picnicing is permitted at the High Ponds Farm on the Rossier Road and at Bear Paw Pond and Little Rock Pond on the Hazen's Notch Road. A picnic shelter is located near the Moosewood Ponds on the High Ponds Farm. The High Meadow is also a good place to enjoy a lunch or snack while taking in the panoramic view. Fires are not allowed at any time. Tipis are private property and are not open to the public. Please observe all "private" signs. Thank you!

 

Hunting / La Chasse

Hunting on the High Ponds Farm is restricted to the rifle and muzzle loader portions of the whitetail deer season. In addition, hunting for ruffed grouse and woodcock are permitted during the regular season only.

The following are NOT ALLOWED: Bear Hunting, Bow Hunting, Tree Stands, Trapping, & Fishing. Hunters as well as hikers can respect their own safety as well as others by wearing an article of clothing that is in blaze orange. Observe all signs restricting public access to ensure continued hunting in the Hazen's Notch Area. Thank you!

 

Please observe the following restrictions:

The following are NOT ALLOWED: Fires, Camping, Tree Cutting, Plant Collecting, Motorized Vehicles & Bicycles, Snowboarding, Boating, Wading, Swimming, Radios, Overnight Parking & Commercial Activities.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in observing the above rules of use.

Trails, parking areas and private roads and driveways may be closed at any time at landowners' discretion. Please observe and respect all signs, barriers, and gates. Thank you !

 

This page was last updated on January 31, 2017

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