The Trail Around Middlebury &
North Country National Scenic Trail

**NEW TAM MAPS HERE (Printed maps now at MALT office)** - Prunier Road Trail Map - Interactive Map (LocalMotion/Google)

TAM Bedrock Geology Map - TAM Geocaching Information - "Trekking the TAM" 2013 Video

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trail Around Middlebury in 2014. The "TAM" as it is known locally, is a major project of the Middlebury Area Land Trust. The TAM, a footpath over 16 miles long, encircles the village of Middlebury and links several hundred acres of town land, conserved properties, schools, and other local landmarks. The TAM loop is complete with the construction of 2 bridges that span Otter Creek, made possible by generous support from the Arnold family and Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation.

Numerous volunteers and workers maintain and improve the trail donating in excess of $10,000 worth of time last year. If interested in joining a maintenance party for a day, please contact the MALT office. We welcome school, community and scout groups as well.

MALT intern Emma Loizeaux uses GPS to map the TAM
Middlebury College XC
TAM TREK participants from Middlebury College X-C Team 2012

Designed and constructed for recreational use, it is open year round for area residents and visitors alike. The TAM's continued success is possible because of the generous permission of private landowners whose property it crosses. Please treat the land with care and leave only footprints, take only photos. Call the office with questions, comments, or if any obstructions are found at (802) 388-1007.

Use of the TAM for biking is limited to trails marked in yellow on the TAM map. For current conditions and closing reports for biking on the TAM, call the office, and it may be possible to ask at either The Bike Center or Skihaus in Middlebury.


TAM Trail Sections:

Below are details on each section of the TAM; the descriptions generally run in a clockwise direction. Each section is linked to a pdf map or web page. Parking is available at most trailheads, and signs will indicate whether the section you are entering is available for mountain bike usage. Much of the TAM crosses private property, so please stay on the trail and respect the rights of these landowners. We appreciate your observing the rules of the trail as shown below, and thanks for using the TAM!

1) Middlebury College Trails

Length: 4.6 miles. Begin on South Street, west of the Middlebury College baseball fields and just north of Porter Hospital. Follow the TAM signs west as you skirt the southern perimeter of the Middlebury College Golf Course. Upon crossing Rt. 30, you will enter the "Colin O'Neil Class of '97 Trail", designed and built by senior Environmental Studies students in conjunction with MALT. The final section from Rt.125 north to Rt. 23 goes through a mix of open and wooded land, with wonderful Adirondack views from one rocky knoll. This section ends at the Jackson Trailhead on Rt. 23 in Weybridge.

2) Jackson Trail

Length: 1.9 miles. Begin at the TAM parking area on the south side of Rt. 23, 1.5 miles north at junction with Rt. 125 in Middlebury Village. Cross Rt. 23 and start this enjoyable hike by climbing the stile over the fence near the north side of Rt. 23. Don't be surprised if you find yourself among cows! Follow the TAM signs to the lower end of a small gorge through which a seasonal stream runs. The trail runs north along the stream bank within the gorge for the first mile, then emerges into a meadow before intersecting Hamilton Rd. Turn right onto Hamilton Rd. and walk 200 yards east to the Johnson Trailhead & parking area on your left.

3) Johnson Trail (Bike accessible)

Length: 0.8 miles. Begin at the TAM parking area at the junction of Hamilton Rd. & Sheep Farm Road in Weybridge. Featuring a pond and restored wetland favored by various waterfowl, muskrats, and a variety of birds, this is a pleasant section of the TAM and an easy walk. Proceed north along a fence line to the pond, skirt the pond to the right, and enter the woods. The trail then turns east, winding through deer habitat to the Otter Creek Gorge trailhead on Horse Farm Road.

4) Otter Creek Gorge Preserve (Easy access point, Jog Stroller accessible)

Length: 1.7 miles. Begin at the parking area on Horse Farm Road, 0.2 mile north of the junction with Hamilton Rd. After walking along a meadow fence line, you enter a wooded area passing several other trails and follow the TAM down toward Otter Creek. Cross the Dan & Peggy Arnold Bridge and continue south into the New Haven section of the Otter Creek Gorge Preserve and Wright Park. A short spur open for hikers and jog strollers only starts a few hundred feet north of the main entrance and continues down to a lovely pool and protected shore of Otter Creek. Jog strollers need to return along the same route. Hikers can continue on to Belden Falls; as you walk upstream there are excellent views of the deep and narrow Otter Creek Gorge. Hike this in the springs and hear the water thundering in the gorge!

Previously, this land was the main holding of a separate land trust; whose three trustees, Willard T. Jackson, Linda O. Johnson and Steven Rockefeller; gifted the preserve to MALT. The Preserve is an important natural heritage site that showcases Champlain Valley ecosystems. The three predominant natural communities are: Valley Clayplain Forest, Transition Hardwoods Limestone Forest and Limestone Bluff Cedar Pine Forest. In addition, the open fields and meadows are currently used for agricultural purposes. Protecting the preserve's ecological integrity is our primary stewardship objective. Guided natural history walks are scheduled annually. Enjoy the diversity of plants and animals living in the preserve. The main TAM access begins at the parking area on Horse Farm Rd, 0.2 miles north of Hamilton Rd.

5) Wright Park (Easy access point, Bike and Jog Stroller accessible) Map

Many variations and a total network of approximately 3.8 miles. Begin either at the Belden Dam area north of the park or at the southem entrance off of Seymour St. in Middlebury. The land that now comprises Wright Park was given to the town of Middlebury in 1982 by Willard T Jackson in honor of his Middlebury College classmate Charles R. Wright. Consisting of about 150 acres, there are three main trails running north/south through the park. The White Circle trail runs next to Otter Creek and past a small bay near a thirty foot cliff, and past a marsh. The White Triangle trail runs along the eastern boundary near railroad tracks, and the TAM/White Square trail goes tnrough the central part of the park. There are several other cross trails that connect to these main trails and form loops. Detailed maps are posted at the north and south entrances for your reference.

6) Chipman Hill (Bike and Jog Stroller accessible)

Many variations, total network approximately 2.5 miles. Access is from Springside St, High St. or from the TAM trailhead off of Seminary St. Extension, just east of the Co-operative Insurance building. Chipman Hill, the most prominent geographic feature in the town of Middlebury, has an elevation that is approximately 360 feet above that

of the town center, and affords the hiker wonderful views. In the 1940's and 50'S Chipman Hill was the site of Middlebury College's downhill ski area, and even featured a ski jump, the remains of which can still be found. Since then, the forest has regenerated and the area is a favorite of walkers, hikers, and mountain bikers.

7) Battell & Means Woods (Easy access point, Bike and Jog Stroller accessible)

Length: 1.1 miles in Battell Woods, o.7 mile in Means Woods. Begin at the parking area for Battell & Means Woods on Seminary St. Extension, east of the village of Middlebury. From the Battell/Means parking area, the TAM extends to the south on a well-used trail (the first 1500 feet of which is gravel through Battell Woods. At the southern end of Battell Woods, you'll drop in elevation onto open farmland once owned by the Sabourin family. Follow the TAM markers past the old Sabourin home and barn and along Rt. 7, to Boardman St. by G. Stone Motors. From here, you can cross Rt. 7 (CAREFULLY!) and enter the Murdock Nature Preserve to continue on the TAM.

For access to Means Woods, use the Battell/Means Woods Parking area, but begin hiking 100 yards east of the parking area on the north side of Seminary St. Extension. The TAM first follows an old town road grade, then a wooded trail north to Peterson Heights, a paved road. Follow this road north approximately 200 yards to its junction with Washington St. Extension. From this junction, follow the TAM markers through an open field toward the base of Chipman Hill, where you can join that trail network.

8) Jeffrey Murdock Nature Preserve (Bike accessible)

Length: o.6 miles. Begin on Route 7 across from G. Stone Motors or the Middlebury Union Middle School. From Route 7 (past a wooden rail fence just north of Dundon's) follow TAM signs through the 16-acre Jeffrey Murdock Nature Preserve to visit a small cave at the north end and a dedication plaque near a rock outcrop. Notice the huge, old oaks and hickories throughout these pleasant woodlands. The TAM emerges from the woods onto the fields of the Middle School. Follow the signs out the school's driveway, to the right (north) on Middle Road.

9) Boathouse Bridge (Bike accessible)

Length: 1.1 miles. Begin at the Middlebury Union Middle School on Middle Road or on South Street just north of Porter Hospital. From the Middle School travel north on Middle Road and turn left across a field, then left again (south) onto Creek Road, and then right along the edge of Otter Creek behind the Middle School playing fields. Cross Otter Creek on the "boathouse" footbridge, passing the site of the former Middlebury College boathouse. Follow the TAM signs out the dirt road, taking care when crossing the railroad tracks, which are still in regular use. The TAM turns left behind the playing fields and emerges on South Street. Across South Street the TAM continues into the Middlebury College Trails. (see beginning)

10) Prunier Road Trail Spur

Laid out by Middlebury College intern Emma Loizeaux and MALT’s trail planner John Derick, this trail is marked in blue and leads from the Jackson trail segment west to Prunier Road, where you may continue to Snake Mountain. It heads west through meadows and woods and crosses Weybridge Road south of Monument Farms before continuing down to James Road and Bittersweet Falls Road. It continues through a wooded area, before opening to outstanding views of the Lemon Fair watershed, farmland, and Snake Mountain. The trail then makes its way northwest to Prunier Road.This is part of the effort to extend the North Country National Scenic Trail (NOCO), and has been this successful so far thanks to Peter James of Monument Farms Dairy. He has been very helpful in creating and designing this trail.

Along with the NPS, MALT is working with the Green Mountain National Forest, Towns of Middlebury and Weybridge, and community members to extend the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) from its current endpoint in Crown Point, NY, through to Vermont’s Long Trail. The NCNST begins in Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota and currently traverses 1700 miles over seven states, making it the longest national trail in the United States. The prospect of having a national trail connect to Vermont's Long Trail and travel through Middlebury, including sections of the TAM, is very exciting and promises to draw additional folks to the area to experience the beauty of VT's landscape.

Winter Use

Much of the TAM is perfect for a winter excursion via cross-country skis or snowshoes. Below we've listed some of our favorites:

Wright Park Trails: This is an excellent area for a winter visit The park is bounded by the Otter Creek to the west and railroad tracks to the east. It is a small enclave for wildlife. You'll likely see many types of tracks such as rabbit and grouse, and possibly evidence of beaver activity. For an easy loop, follow the TAM/White Square trail markers north from the Seymour St.(south) entrance, then loop back to the south along Otter Creek. Other loops are also possible; see the detail map at the Park entrance.

Middlebury College Trails: The section of the TAM that follows the southern perimeter of the Middlebury College golf course is ideal for cross country skiing, and is well used in winter. Please stay on the marked trail and do not ski onto the golf course itself.

Johnson Trail: Because it goes past a pond that attracts wildlife, this 1.5 mile trail makes a good short outing through a pleasant realm of open fields and woods. Start at the TAM parking area either on Hamilton Rd. or Horse Farm Rd.

Rules of the trail:
1. Bring food and water for extended hikes
2. Wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the season and your activity
3. Pack out whatever you pack in
4. Keep dogs under restraint at all times and avoid taking them on cross-country ski trails
5. Wear bright colors if walking along a road
6. Lock your car at the trailhead and keep valuables out of sight
7. Choose a route that is within your ability
8. Let someone know your plans, and then stick to them
9. Use mountain bikes only where specifically permitted
10. Avoid use of the trail when excessively wet

North Country National Scenic Trail (NOCO)

MALT is working with the National Park Service and the North Country Trail Association to get the TAM and extensions added to the NOCO. This would lengthen the NOCO and enable hikers to travel from Crown Point to the Long Trail. For those wishing to hike this distance, we recommend the following route:

Route Mile

Crown Point (Cross Bridge) - Route 125 .5

Route 125 - Town Line Road 2.3

Town Line Road - Mountain Road 7.2

Mountain Road - Snake Mountain Trail 8.3

Snake Mountain Trail - Snake Mountain Road 10.5

Snake Mountain Road - Prunier Road 10.9

Prunier Road - Weybridge Road 12

Weybridge Road - Prunier Trail 12.1

Prunier Trail - Jackson Trail (TAM) 15.7

Jackson Trail - Hamilton Road 16.1

Hamilton Road - Johnson Trail 16.2

Johnson Trail - Morgan Horse Farm Road 17.0

Gorge Trail - Belden Falls 16.7

Belden Falls(Wright Park) - Seymore St. Ext. 19.1

Seymore St Ext. - Seymore St 19.7

Seymore St. - Elm St. 20.3

Elm St - Stewart Lane 20.5

Stewart Lane - High St. 20.6

High St. - Seminary St. 20.7

Seminary St. - Springside Rd 20.8

Springside Rd. - Chipman Hill Trail 21.1

Chipman Hill Trail - Peterson Terrace 22.3

Peterson Terrace - Means Woods Trail 22.4

Means Woods Trail - Battell Woods Trail 23.0

Battell Woods - Route 7 24.0

Route 7 - Murdoch Woods Trail 24.1

Murdoch Woods Trail - Deerfield lane 24.5

Deerfield Rd. Middle Rd N. 24.6

Middle Rd. N. - TAM 24.8

TAM - Creek Rd. 25.0

Creek Road - 3 Mile Bridge Rd. 27.3

3 Mile Bride Rd - Route 7 29.5

Route 7 - Ossie Rd (Hwy 116) 29.7

Ossie Rd - E Main St. (Hwy 125) 30.4

125 - Oak Ridge Trail 31.9

Oak Ridge Trail - Moosalamoo Campground 39.2

Campground - FR 32 (Catamount Trail) 39.7

Catamount Trail - Sucker Brook Trail 41.6

Sucker Brook Trail - Long Trail 44.3


Entire Route in

VT Fish and Wildlife Maps

TAM map

Moosalamoo Map



Support the Trail Around Middlebury!
TAM Trek
Participants from the Muffintop Team at the 2012 Event

Individuals, families or teams of four to six people are encouraged to hike 3.5 miles or run one or more sections of the TAM. There will be races of the full TAM (about 16 miles), half TAM (8 miles), quarter TAM (4 miles), and a Pint (2 miles) as well.

Supporting the TAM: Our goal is to raise more than $10,000 towards TAM maintenance costs.
Pledges from family, friends and coworkers can be collected to support the improvement of the TAM. Individuals or team who raise the most money will be eligible for special prizes.

Trek Day, Sunday, September 20, 2015
Event location starts and ends at Middlebury College Football Stadium parking lot.

Full TAM starts at 7:00 am.
6 Mile  - 8:30 am.
2 Mile - 9:30 am.
TAM Hike - 9:00 am.

All participants will be eligible for prizes like gift certificates, t-shirts and merchandise from local sponsors, and can enjoy homemade and locally donated refreshments.

Fees: The event costs $25 for individuals, $50 for families and $90 for teams. After early registration, entry price will increase to $30, $60, and $115, respectively.

Registration:  Pay by check or online using Network for Good here . 2014 Forms are here. You can also register on here.

Questions: Contact MALT at 388-1007 or


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We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the
Trail Around Middlebury!

It is time to secure the future of the TAM. You can help us preserve this fantastic resource for Middlebury, Vermont
by contributing towards the $125,000 we want to raise this year for the maintenance endowment.

TAM_Map with border

Donate Here

Otherwise, you can download and print this form and mail your pledge to us today.

In November of 2013 a new MALT Committee was formed with the charge of raising funds for a TAM endowment knowing that in less than a year, in September 2014, there would be a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the trail at the TAM Trek event.  After a few meetings and some outreach it was decided that a goal to garner $125,000 over two years was needed such that the interest of 3 to 4% on that principal would generate between $3,750 and $5,000 annually.
For a quarter of a century John Derick, the TAM coordinator, has been the one constant driving force behind the trail from its early development to its ongoing maintenance and improvement.  It was only appropriate that the endowment fund be named in his honor in recognition of his long-standing dedication.  Thus, as an acknowledgement of John’s selfless service and that of the many volunteers, landowners, past executive directors and all those who have helped to make the trail what is has become today, we have formally established the The John Derick TAM Endowment Fund for the Future of the Trail Around Middlebury to help provide for the ongoing maintenance and improvements on the trail.   Inspired by his contributions and to ensure a quality hiking experience, MALT has established this Fund with the following provisos:

This fund is entirely dedicated to the care and longevity of the TAM.
1. The intent of this Fund is to invest the principal to generate interest. This interest from the fund may be used each year to help pay for annual maintenance and improvement costs for the TAM.
2. MALT’s Board of Directors shall oversee the Fund’s investment with the Vermont Community Foundation or some other reliable investment or management entity, and shall authorize expenditures from the Fund’s interest.
3. Only in exceptional circumstances of need for purposes related to the TAM may the Board authorize a withdrawal out of the Fund’s principal.   Any funds used in this manner must be repaid according to a reasonable schedule to be determined by the board.  Major capital improvements should not be considered as “exceptional circumstances” and, therefore, such projects would have a separate fundraising campaign.
Annual cost for the TAM runs approximately $15,000 and John has volunteered his time and materials virtually free of charge though eventually that in-kind support will become a reoccurring expense and therefore the endowment fund will be essential to cover that gap.  This fully funded endowment would not only supplement that added annual cost for the TAM, it will also ensure the trail’s future viability and enjoyment for generations to come.
Thanks you so much for visiting this page and for your consideration of a generous gift to help realize this ambitious undertaking to provide for vibrant and enduring Trail Around Middlebury.  It will certainly be a gift that keeps on giving.


O’Neil Trail Segment – by Peter Schneider, Middlebury College, Class of 1997
(Addison Independent – TAM O'Neil Trail)

Jackson Trail Segment – by Josh Phillips, MALT ED 2008-2011
(Addison Independent – TAM Jackson Trail)

Otter Creek Gorge Trail Segment – by Bill Roper,
MALT Board Chair 2001-2004
(Addison Independent – TAM Otter Creek Gorge Trail)

Planning the TAM and Wright Park – by Bud Reed, former
MALT Executive Director
(Addison Independent -TAM Wright Park)

TAM Chipman Hill Segment – by Amy Sheldon
(Addison Independent -TAM Chipman Hill article)

Other links to TAM adventures:

Emily May’s Website, a photographic portfolio of the TAM

Sweat Once A Day’s Blog, running on the TAM

World Film Project, a creative portfolio of Josh Hummel

The Middlebury Trailrunner has talked about the Means and Battell Woods sections and Stick Season.