A number of popular side trails running off a section of the Appalachian Trail near Norwich, Vermont, are facing possible closure.
According to an article on VNews.com, a number of hikers recently voiced concerns about federal officials potentially cracking down on unauthorized side trails along the Appalachian Trail corridor in Norwich.
According to a 2016 inventory of side trails in Norwich administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the approximately 6 miles of the AT that run along the southern boundary of Norwich contain some of highest density of unauthorized side trails within the 2,190-mile trail’s entire corridor from Georgia to Maine.
Last fall, about 20 signs endorsed by the U.S. Forest Service and the AT Conservancy were posted to these side trails, alerting users that a review is underway and that any side trail not designated for authorization during an upcoming “proposal process” would be closed this summer.
That prompted a meeting last month in which some hikers voiced concerns to officials, arguing that some of the side trails pre-date the Appalachian Trail.