Woodstock Trails Partnership:
Trail and Conservation Projects
Faulkner Trail Restoration
Residents and visitors in the town of Woodstock enjoy the 1.7 mile historic Faulkner Trail, whose restoration has begun. The trail was built over 75 years ago by Marianne Faulkner as a tribute to her husband, and has been in use ever since. Today, it connects the Woodstock Trail system with Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. A Vermont Youth Conservation Crew (VYCC) worked with a trails restoration specialist to repair stonework, clean out stone culverts, and repair trail tread. The restoration is a project of the Billings Park Commission, Faulkner Trust, VYCC, and the National Park Service.
In the summer and fall of 2012, two Vermont Youth Conservation Crews worked on the Faulkner Trail, one a high school crew and the other an experienced group of crew leaders. The high school crew completed technical rock work to reconstruct the historic stone culverts. The leader crew built impressive rock retaining walls to support the gravel surfacing that was hauled in with a power wheel barrow. Trail expert Peter Jensen designed the restoration plan and helped to train the crews in advanced rock work techniques. The ultimate goal is for the trail to be universally accessible up to the beautiful stone bridge half way up the trail, and the rest of the trail restored to a smooth walking surface for hikers. This project is on a five year time line, and the Woodstock Trails Partnership hopes that Vermont Youth Conservation Crews will continue to work on the project each summer until it is complete.
Funding for the project, which will total around $200,000 over five years, has so far come from a variety of sources including a State of Vermont Recreation Trails Grant, the VYCC, the Billings Park Commission, the Faulkner Trust and the National Park Service. Future funding will likely include these sources as well as well as foundation and private grants.
To learn more about the restoration project read Park Ranger Julia Lynam's article, "The Long and Winding Trail."