The Richmond Land Trust manages several preserves for public access, offering opportunities for hiking, fishing, swimming, canoeing and other recreational activities. If you visit one of these preserves, please respect the privacy and property of people on neighboring properties, as well as the expectations of the next visitors to find a clean, peaceful natural landscape. Parking is often very limited –please observe local regulations.

View our Preserve Map for the location of a preserve near you.

      Warren and Ruth Beeken Rivershore Preserve
Cochran Rd. Approximately 35 acres of rare flood plain forest and meadows along the south bank of the Winooski River. Donated to RLT in 1993 by Carl and Esther Parker. Named for Warren and Ruth Beeken to honor two devoted friends of RLT. Home to moose, red fox, beaver, coyote, waterfowl and many other species. Includes a canoe and fishing access point, with parking.

      Lower Huntington River Gorge
Dugway Rd. Approximately 18 acres of spectacular shoreline and natural communities along the Huntington River. Saved in 1995 through a townwide initiative spearheaded by Gary Bressor which quickly raised $50,000 in loans from 50 families. Funding to pay back the loans and conserve the land ultimately came from the State of Vermont. Deep pools, rapids, cascades. Be extremely careful – drownings have occurred here and nearby. Very limited parking along Dugway Rd. Please respect neighborhood peace and quiet.

      Safford Nature Preserve
Cochran Rd. Approximately 19 acres of floodplain forest on the Winooski River and 42 upland acres of hardwoods, hemlock and old apple orchards. Donated in 1990 by and named for George Safford, a beloved friend to many in town. Please park at Rivershore Preserve canoe access.

      Gillett Pond Preserve
The Gillett Pond Preserve protects approximately 100 acres of land and shoreline around Gillett Pond, as well as the pond itself. Located on Wes White Hill Road near the Huntington Town line, this scenic and natural treasure has been a favorite recreational destination for generations of Richmond and Huntington residents. A major fundraising campaign is underway to replace the dam at the north end of the Pond to insure that the Pond continues to be available for paddling, fishing, skating, skiing, and appreciation of its natural beauty year round.

      Bombardier Nature Preserve
10-acre cultivated hay field and floodplain forest at the confluence of the Huntington and Winooski Rivers, just south of the Jonesville Bridge. Acquired and conserved by RLT in 2009 with funds from the Richmond Conservation Reserve Fund and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. Named for the Bombardier family, which had farmed the land for generations and sold it to RLT at a below-market price. Excellent fishing access at edge of the field. Please avoid walking in the hayfield. Limited parking at intersection of Wes White Hill and Cochran Roads.

      Rochford Delbianco Preserve
Approximately 10 acres of floodplain forest and cultivated cornfield on Johnny Brook Road. Excellent fishing access. Please avoid walking in field after corn has been planted. Named for Marcia Rochford and Gail Delbianco, who donated the land to RLT in 1997.

Acquired in 2018 with the assistance of the Vermont River Conservancy, the Huntington Gorge Preserve protects the scenic and historic Huntington Gorge on Dugway Road. The preserve encompasses 4.9 acres on both sides of the Huntington River. A small parking lot on Dugway provides access to trails leading to the river. Swimming in the narrow Gorge itself is strongly discouraged due to safety concerns. For more information, see the Management Plan developed to guide the use and management of the Gorge.

      Walking and Watching
Click here for a growing catalog of natural events to enjoy at RLT preserves.

Beyond the up-front expense of acquiring these properties, the Richmond Land Trust must pay the ongoing costs of taxes and maintenance. Volunteer help is also needed for stewardship tasks such as keeping trails clear and preventing erosion. To find out how you can support our stewardship activities, please contact Stewardship Committee Chair Fritz Martin, 434-3265, or click here.

The Richmond Land Trust
P.O. Box 605
Richmond, VT 05477
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