Notice: We understand that you may be looking for outdoor activities during this time. While the 100 Acre Woods is a fantastic place to hike, we are still working on drainage issues near the trail head and as such, at this time of year the trails can be very muddy!
If you still wish to visit the 100 Acre Woods, please be prepared for this reality and stay on the marked trails as much as possible.
The 100 Acre Woods
This page was last updated on April 7th, 2020
With nearly 2 miles of trails, the 100 Acre Woods offers tremendous opportunity for outdoor recreation in Fairfax.
The address for the 100 Acre Woods access is 2739 VT-104, Fairfax, VT 05454
Turn into the driveway, a small parking area will be on your right as you proceed away from VT-104.
Additionally, for your convenience, we have added the 100 Acre Woods parking area to Google Maps. Click here to access that listing.
In the late 1960’s, a section of land was left to the Town of Fairfax and the Roman Catholic diocese of Burlington by the Cross family of St. Albans. The portion of land left to the town of Fairfax was deemed the 100 acre wood and is located in north Fairfax.
Over time different groups have used the land such as boy scouts, sugaring and other outdoor activities. Without oversight, the land was misused by all terrain vehicles and had extensive uncontrolled growth.
Beginning in 2008, the Town of Fairfax (working along with Franklin county forester Nancy Patch) began logging the land. This was to reestablish the forest and also create barriers to prevent more destruction by motorized vehicles. Around the same time as the logging began in the 100 acre wood, the Fairfax Parks and Recreation Board and Director became aware of the existence of the land and its potential as a recreation venue for the town of Fairfax.
In 2011, the recreation department began to explore the development of trails in the 100 acre wood and walked the trails with the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. The recreation department also began a relationship with the Northwest Riding Club, a club of over 500 members with adjacent land to the 100 acre wood.
In Early 2012, The Parks and Recreation board secured $27,000 from the money raised from the logging to be used as grant matching funds and to be used to improve the land for future recreation use by the citizen of Fairfax and surrounding communities.
In the late summer of 2012, the Recreation Department brought together interested parties to start on trial design and work. We have brought together people from a variety of organizations all willing to work together to establish trails in the 100 acre wood.
In summer of 2013, the “blue central trail” was completed with the Watershed project at Project SOAR and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.
In the summer of 2014, the east side of the Logging Loop Trail was completed with a $20,000 recreation trails grant from the Department of Forests Parks and Recreation and in conjunction with local youth organizations and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps.