View of Camel's Hump from Andrews Forestland

Let’s Save the View from Heaven’s Bench at Kingdom Trails!

The Kingdom Trail Association and the Vermont Land Trust are working to protect 260+ acres on Darling Hill in Lyndon for public recreation

Kingdom Trails is a network of over 100 miles of recreation trails on public and private land in Burke, Lyndon, Kirby and East Haven. These popular trails are a destination for mountain bikers, hikers, runners, Nordic skiers, fat bikers, and snowshoers.

In 2019, land on Darling Hill Road in the heart of the trail network went on the market. This land hosts seven miles of trails which wind through meadows, woods, and along the East Branch of the Passumpsic River as well as panoramic views that can be seen from the famous Heaven’s Bench overlook. With the land for sale, the future of the meadows and trails were at risk, as well as the rural character of Darling Hill Ridge.    

mountain bikers on kingdom trails heaven's bench land with text

The Kingdom Trail Association (KTA) acted quickly to buy the 229-acre property with bridge financing. KTA also agreed to buy 40 neighboring acres to secure adjoining trails. Now, KTA is working with the Vermont Land Trust to make sure these properties will remain undeveloped and open to the public.  

Now we need to raise the money so that KTA can cover the cost of buying and conserving the land. Please consider a donation today. 

Why is this land special?

  • Seven miles of trails the public can enjoy for mountain biking, hiking, trail running, Nordic skiing, fat biking, and exploration
  • A one-mile segment of snowmobile trail and an important link in the VAST trail system
  • Scenic and productive farmland on Darling Hill Ridge
  • Healthy forests, streams, and wetlands that support wildlife

We need You! Together, we can protect a heavenly place, forever!

We are now raising money to cover the $671,000 cost of buying and permanently conserving these properties. Thanks to a combination of KTA’s membership funds and grants from the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and other foundations, we are already 60% of the way there! We hope you will help us raise the final $280,000.

 

 

You can give online today, or if you prefer, please mail a check, with Kingdom Trails in the memo line to:

Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave
Montpelier, VT 05602

For more information, contact:

Abby Long, Kingdom Trail Association
(802) 626-0737

Liza Walker, Vermont Land Trust
(802) 262-1225

 

Thank you!!!

 

 

 

If you prefer, please mail a check with Kingdom Trails in the memo line to:

Vermont Land Trust
8 Bailey Ave
Montpelier, VT 05602

For more information, contact:

Abby Long, Kingdom Trail Association
(802) 626-0737

Liza Walker, Vermont Land Trust
(802) 262-1225

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VLT
Facts
593,000+
Total acres
protected
720+
Farms using
conserved land
420,000
Acres of
forestland
170
Recreation
spots
60
Miles
Catamount Trail
460
Miles
VAST Trail
2,500+
Properties
protected