Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail

Vermont

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Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail Facts

States: Vermont
Counties: Windham
Length: 0.5 miles
Trail end points: Reardon's Crossing of North Branch Deerfield River and Harriman Reservoir near Fairview Avenue
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 9412467
Trail activities: Mountain Biking, Walking

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Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail Description

Although short, the Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail provides an enjoyable journey through peaceful woodlands on Wilmington's west end. As you might guess, the rail-trail gets its name from the former railroad linethe Hoosac, Tunnel, and Wilmington Railroadwhich ran here until the early 1900s. The railroad's initials, HT&W, gave rise to the "Hoot, Toot and Whistle" nickname.

The unpaved trail starts just off West Main Street at the Reardon's Crossing footbridge. From there, it follows the North Branch of the Deerfield River and then the shoreline of Harriman Reservoir, where it ends at a boat launch and swimming area. Picnic benches along the way also provide opportunities to stop and take in your surroundings.

If you want a longer excursion, it's easy to connect to the Valley Trail on the north side of Main Street.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at the Reardon's Crossing trailhead on West Main Street.

Hoot, Toot and Whistle Trail Reviews

This trail is not at all as described. It started off on crushed gravel for a few hundred yards. As soon as it entered the woods it became a foot path of a nearly contiguous stretch of single-track biking with (occasionally without) large roots and rocks to navigate. We walked our bikes more than we rode them and went a half mile without getting to the reservoir before finally turning around.

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