Visit Brewster Uplands

The public is welcome to explore Brewster Uplands located in Cambridge, just south of the village of Jeffersonville, near Vermont’s historic Grist Mill Covered Bridge. Please review access guidelines, respect signs, and wear blaze orange during hunting season!

How to get to Brewster Uplands

Link to Google Map location

From the north: Traveling south on Route 108 towards Smugglers Notch, you’ll reach the village of Jeffersonville. After half a mile, just past the house on the left with the old water mill, bear left onto Canyon Road and turn left immediately over the Grist Mill Covered Bridge. Continue 1 mile to the intersection of Canyon and West Farm Road.

From the south: From Stowe and Smugglers Notch, head north downhill on Route 108 towards Jeffersonville. As you approach the village, there is a very sharp right onto Canyon Road just before the house with the water mill. Only cars with a tight turning radius should attempt this turn! Otherwise, continue on for half a mile to the village, then turn around and head back up 108 so you can make an easy left turn onto Canyon Road. Turn left immediately across the Grist Mill Covered Bridge. Continue 1 mile to the intersection of Canyon and West Farm Road. 

Please note: Smugglers Notch is closed all winter—as early as October and as late as May some years. There is no route from Stowe north on 108 when the Notch is closed.

Where to park

The main parking area can accommodate about 10 cars. It is located at the intersection of Canyon and West Farm Roads. Visitors will find a kiosk with a map near the parking area. There is back-up lot a couple hundred feet up West Farm Road.

aerial view showing main marking and overflow parking areas near instersection of canyon and West Farm Road

For accessing the trails near the Brewster River, there is parking at the town-owned Brewster River Park, just off Route 108 right near the Grist Mill Covered Bridge. From your car, you would walk over the covered bridge onto Canyon Rd. The Alden Bryan trailhead is located just after the bridge.

aerial image that shows the parking area and the entrance to the property

Recreation Rules & Guidelines

  • Please read and respect any signs you see directing uses or activities. Travel is at your own risk.
  • Park only in designated areas.
  • Daytime use only. No access between sunset and sunrise.
  • No motorized vehicles
  • Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are allowed.
  • Per town ordinance, dogs must be leashed at all times; please clean up after your pet.
  • Because the parts of the land are actively farmed, stay off the fields, stay clear of farm equipment and fences, and do not enter any buildings.
  • Stay on trails. Avoid widening the trails when conditions are muddy.
  • Travel at a safe speed; be courteous of others regardless of speed or skill level. Groups should travel single-file when approaching others.
  • Do not disturb wildlife. Please note that northern sections of the Alden Bryan Brewster River Trail is closed December 15-April 15 to preserve the area as winter deer habitat.
  • Please carry in and carry out all trash
  • Alcohol is not allowed.

Hunting

Brewster Uplands has been a popular hunting destination for generations. The property is posted for hunting “by permission only”.  For permission and info, please contact Ben Waterman at (802) 861-6506.

Trail Map

Download tail map here.. There is also a trail map kiosk located at the intersection of Robtoy and Canyon Rd

image of the trail map

Photo Gallery

photos by Caleb Kenna