Holiday hike planned in Essex

ESSEX - Champlain Area Trails (CATS) is hosting a "Holiday Hike" at the Wildway Overlook Trail in Essex Saturday morning, Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

"We invite everyone to start the holiday season by walking up this easy trail to a spectacular view of the Champlain Valley," said Chris Maron, Executive Director of CATS.

The Wildway Overlook Trail is a new and already-popular trail that is part of the hiking/skiing trail network CATS is developing to link local communities, connect people to nature, and promote economic vitality. It goes up the moderate slope of the west side of South Boquet Mountain on land owned by the Eddy Foundation. Hikers will see Lake Champlain, local farmland, Vermont's Green Mountains, and the "Split Rock Wildway" which is the wildlife corridor connecting habitat along Lake Champlain to the Adirondack Mountains.

Steven Kellogg, the noted artist/illustrator who lives in Essex, was so impressed with the trail that he created a beautiful illustration of this trail for CATS.

He said, "These trails are a great benefit for our communities because they provide healthy outdoor recreation for families, children, and people of all ages."

The Wildway Overlook Trail is on Brookfield Road in Essex, about three quarters of a mile south of Jersey Street. The hike is free and open to the public. CATS will provide hot chocolate so please email champlaintrails@gmail.com if you plan to attend. Directions are on the Events page of www.champlainareatrails.com.

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