Grand Canyon

Norwich, VT
Difficulty: Moderate
Special Features: Natural
Walking Conditions: Trail
Duration: 1:15
Season: May-Oct
Bring: Compass, Field Guide


This trail hike focuses on learning how to “read” a forest


Take Interstate 91 to Exit 13. This is the Hanover/Norwich exit. Go west towards Norwich. Turn left on Beaver Meadow Road just pass Dan & Whits. This Quest is on the Bill Ballard Trail which is located on the west (left) side of Beaver Meadow Road about 4 miles from the Norwich Inn in the center of Norwich.

Clues and Map

You can find the clues and map to this quest in Best of Valley Quest.



Update to this Quest

Since the trail has changed over the years, use these clues between stanza’s three and four. Out of the darkness, cross a stream Off to the right, a meadow where light gleams. Into mixed forest, left the trail bends The direction the sign on the tree does lend Left and right the multi-trunked trees tellThe story of their ancestors that were felled Down the steep and forested slope Charlie Brown’s Brook looks like a mote So pass #6. Look left after 100 feet more, then imagine the diameter of this tree’s original core. To calculate: Note the center of each trunk. Connect them in an imaginary circle near the ground. After the original fifth Stanza insert these clues (after the old blowdown) Wind your way through the disturbed forest Following the blue markers that were put there to guide us After three wooden bridges, listen to the sound The water flowing through the gorge is soon to be found There is no longer a #15 marker The last stanza, “After the yellow sign,” stop to look at the rock walls in the canyon nearby Continue left on the trail and cross where a bridge of stone lies (the bridge of stone is sometimes covered by water depending on water flow)Look to the right at a multi-trunked tree Under a rock bench, the treasure you should see.