Stone Staircase and Retaining Wall, Private Landowner, Hanover NH
In the fall of 2016, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC replaced a cinder block retaining wall with a native stone one, and added a stone staircase as well. Not only does it look better but access around the house is now far easier.
Stone Wall, Private Landowner, Norwich VT
In the fall of 2016, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC replaced a decaying stone wall for a private landowner in Norwich, VT. Existing stone from the old wall was moved to a nearby wall and a new wall was constructed in its place using new stone from a local quarry.
Olivarian Brook Crossing of the Appalachian Trail, Warren NH
In the fall of 2016, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC contracted with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to improve the trail crossing of Olivarian Brook, next to where the trail crosses Route 25. A series of stepping stones and two stone staircases were installed to allow hikers to easily cross the stream without getting wet.
DURING: A Grip Hoist being used to transport stones
Fairview Cemetery, Norwich VT
In the summer of 2016, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC worked with the Town of Norwich to replace a section of retaining wall at the Fairview Cemetery, abutting Beaver Meadow Road. All stone from the original wall was re-used and supplemented with stone from a local quarry.
Private Landowner, Hanover NH
In the spring of 2016, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC worked with a landowner to replace a decrepit stone retaining wall in their front yard. Using locally quarried stone, we were able to give a whole new look to their front yard.
Private Landowner, Hanover NH
In May of 2016, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC worked with a landowner to create an entirely new look for their front entrance to their home. Now they’ve got a spot on a new patio to enjoy their morning coffee.
River Access, Johnson VT
Partnering with the Vermont River Conservancy, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC installed a rustic stone staircase and cedar railing to this popular fishing spot and swimming hole.
Private Landowner, Hanover NH
Steep hills abound in the Upper Valley and in the fall of 2015, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC constructed a 1/4 mile trail and 45-step stone staircase to allow a landowner to access the nearby river. By using locally quarried stone and only hand tools, we were able to create a natural trail and rustic staircase with minimal impact to the surrounding terrain and flora.
Waterville Valley Ski Resort, Waterville Valley NH
Waterville Valley Ski Resort is in the process of expanding their skiable terrain to neighboring Green Peak. In the spring of 2015, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC partnered with them to begin to clear the path of the new lift line. With the trees removed, Waterville Valley Ski Resort can now move forward with the next steps needed to open up the new peak!
Private Landowner, Norwich VT
In the fall of 2015, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC worked with a private landowner to create nearly three miles of new, private snowmobile trail, allowing access to what had been steep, rocky and forbidding terrain.
Gile Mountain, Norwich VT
In conjunction with the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC has been working with the Town of Norwich, VT for the last several years to improve the 3/4 mile trail. We are replacing the currently dirt tread with a series of stone staircases using locally quarried stone which will create a more durable tread for the thousands of users that enjoy the hike to the fire tower at the top each year.
Town Forest, Warren NH
For the last several years, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC has been working with the Town of Warren, NH to develop their 120 acre town forest with a non-motorized trail system. Aspects of the project include roughly four miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails, a parking lot with stone wall entrance, map and kiosk, and picnic area, a 70′ boardwalk, six bridges, numerous bog bridges, and several rustic stone staircases. The trail system was opened to the public in the fall of 2014.
River Access, Worcester VT
Working with the Vermont River Conservancy, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC was contracted to manage the construction of a canoe and kayak river access on the North Branch of the Winooski River. Starting with a severely eroded bank, a 25 step stone staircase was installed using locally quarried stone to permit access to this popular paddling and swimming location.
Private Landowner, South Hamilton MA
Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC re-discovered and re-opened a long dormant causeway through a swamp on private land in Massachusetts. This historic route was once a main corridor between population centers that had long fallen into disuse. Removal of significant brush combined with the installation of a short bridge now permits walkers, bikers, and equestrians to use the historic trail.
Private Landowner, Stratton ME
A small lake access was installed in Stratton, ME using local stone to permit canoe and kayak access, greatly improving the existing eroded and muddy bank that the landowners had been using.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee VT
Working with the Upper Valley Trails Alliance, Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC was hired to construct a 1500′ universally accessible trail through some of the forested landscape around the center. Aspects of the project included several lengthy retaining walls and hundreds of feet of cribstone.
Private Landowner, Shelburne VT
Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, LLC was hired to improve an existing trail traveling the boundary of a landowner’s property in Shelburne, VT. Improvements included the installation of 21 sections of bog bridging as well as a 40′ causeway crossing a small brook. An additional 800 yards of trail was added as well.
Private Landowner, Montpelier VT
Replacing old, rotten wooden structures is something we are frequently called upon to do. In this case, a stone staircase replaced rotten wooden steps, greatly improving access to a landowner’s front door.