Cady Hill is a 260 acre droplet of a hill that sits smack dab in the middle of Stowe. This parcel is for sale. The property has long been marketed to potential buyers as an “estate parcel” or multiple single home development project. At the same time, the property has long been the home of 11 miles of irreplaceable multi-use singly track. Imagine 11 miles of hard earned, years in the making, single track erased to make way for someone’s estate or a bunch of backyards. It has happened before in Stowe, God Street ring a bell? We have a chance to insure this doesn’t happen again.
Fortunately, the Stowe Land Trust has signed an agreement with the seller to purchase and permanently conserve this land. Stowe Land Trust has until the end of May (this month) to raise the funds and close the deal. If you ride in Stowe, would like to ride in Stowe or just enjoy multi-use trail, consider donating here. Doing so will insure a lifetime of dirt under the tires on some amazing singly track.
Why help the Land Trust buys this land? 11 miles of established multi-use singly in place and the potential for many more. Singly that forever, will be ours to play on.
Perhaps a little history will help persuade?
MTB trails and bikes have evolved in lockstep over the past 20+ years. When fat tires, rigid forks and caliper breaks were first introduced, long tours on rutted dirt roads or poaching hiking trails was the bomb! Eventually, with the introduction of some fork travel, V-brakes etc., slogs on grimy dirt roads and fly by night poaches lost its luster. Especially with miles of wide open tracks of land spreading out in all directions.
Craving sinuous lines of singly, trail enthusiasts began devising and implementing networks of trail. Armed with rakes, clippers and a pruning saws, stealth trail builders took to the woods. Cady Hill was ripe for the taking. Proximity to the village with numerous points of entry and exit provided opportunities for dirt aficionados to mount their stead after a day of work and head out to the woods to build and of course ride new trail. First tracks, always the best!
Don’t ask, don’t tell and before long, an 11 mile web of singly was established. Cady Hill offers ALOT of everything. Flowy, bermed singly? Check. Rooty, lung busting climbs? Check. Cliff drops? Check. Easily, tours through Cady Hill can serve up a solid day of adventure.
The real beauty of this network, however, is the cornerstone it provides as a jumping off point to countless other adventures throughout the mountains of Stowe. Again, evolution at work. Tires got fatter, disk brakes became the norm, suspension came to the rear, riders got stronger and started going bigger.
Links, that start or end on Cady Hill, now make it possible to access other trail gems from Moscow (VT), to Cottonbrook, to Trapps and beyond. This land becoming private, erasing eleven miles of quality dirt trail would suck! 70K to go for the raise. Every bit counts. Throw some into the kitty here.
Maybe donating / owning eleven miles of prime single track is not your thing. That’s good, but eating pizza must be in the wheelhouse somewhere. This Thursday, May 17th, go for a ride in the network and then stop into Pie in The Sky on the Mountain Road and buy some za because 100% of sales on this night will be donated to the Cady Hill Forest project.
Let’s get er’ done. See you on the trail!