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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Bluffside Farm recreation path to officially open this fall

NEWPORT — A new recreation path and boardwalk on the shores of Lake Memphremagog is in the final stages of completion, the Vermont Land Trust announced today.

The new mile-long section connects Prouty Beach in Newport, crosses the 129-acre Bluffside Farm, and connects to the Beebe Spur Trail.

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The resulting 7-mile trail system will run from downtown Newport towards the Canadian border along Lake Memphremagog.

An official opening is being planned for this fall, after which visitors will have unimpeded access to the path and boardwalk.

With heavy machinery still on-site and final sign-off pending, visitors to Bluffside Farm are encouraged to exercise caution.

“We know that people are excited to get out on the trail. We are too,” said Tracy Zschau, Vice President for Conservation at the Vermont Land Trust. “But please be safe. Follow our signage and stay off the path when construction and clean-up are underway.”

The Vermont Land Trust, owners of Bluffside Farm, has raised $1.4M from dozens of federal, state, and local partners to construct this path that enhances the local economy and recreational opportunities in the region.

A grand opening for the general public, funders, and partners is being planned for this fall, with a date and time to be announced soon.

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