The 2.1-mile Robert Frost Trail is located on land owned by The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. between the recreational area on the north shore of Lake Paran (beginning of trail, at left) and the Robert Frost Stone House Museum on Route 7A in Shaftsbury (end of trail, at right).
The route of the main trail is shown in red. The side trail shown above along the east lake shore -- The Shore Trail -- opened in 2012, thanks to work by a crew from the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. The connecting trail to the railroad tracks is not yet marked or cleared.
The principal access point for the trail is near the Lake Paran swimming area. Map to parking here. The trail starts at the point where the sidewalk to the beach reverses direction. The trail can also be accessed from the east end behind the Robert Frost Stone House Museum on Route 7A in Shaftsbury. The trail there starts where the lane bordered by stone walls enters the woods. There is only limited, seasonal parking at the museum. The museum is not affiliated with the trail.
The main trail is blazed with blue paint. Informational signs are located at intersections with The Shore Trail.
The trail features lovely views over Lake Paran and vistas south to the Bennington Battle Monument and the Berkshires. The trail also threads its way through deep woods under stone cliffs near Paran Creek and passes through a pine stand planted by Robert Frost in the 1920s. A footbridge over Paran Creek at the trail's mid-point features benches that provide a comfortable resting spot and afford views up and down the stream. The bridge is marked on the map above by the yellow pentagon. A bench along the lakeshore is marked above with the small X in yellow square.
Walkers on The Robert Frost Trail should take suitable precautions against deer ticks. Long sleeves and trousers are recommended.
This land was acquired for public use through two grants from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the donation of a key parcel by Sage City Syndicate, Incorporated, a landowner bargain sale, foundation grants and many generous donations of time and funds by members of the public.
For more information or questions about accessing the trail, please contact us.
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