Looking for a hike for yourself or visiting friends and family that offers information about the area where you are walking? Two trailheads provide self-guiding brochures that may be borrowed and returned when you are through.
Holden Trail has “A Walk through Time” and the Martin Sanctuary has a choice of brochures for the Dunn Nature Trail. Please see Trails & Maps on this website for maps and directions to the trailhead kiosks.
To print out your own copy of these guides, choose the guide you wish and follow the printing instructions.
An illustrated list highlighting some of the spring wildflower species you may find in the woodlands and nearby areas of southern Vermont.
Hard copies may be found at the Holden Trail kiosk. Short, 2-page self-guided brochure. To print these out yourself, choose legal-size paper, landscape orientation, and print at 70% for a complete fit on the paper.
Hard copies may be found at the Stephen Martin Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary. Short, 2-page self-guided brochure. To print these out yourself, choose 8.5” x 11” paper, landscape orientation, and print at 73% for a complete fit on that size paper.
Get your copy of the book The Windmill Hill Pinnacle Association’s Story: How did they get all that land?, written by WHPA board members Rosalyn Shaoul and Libby Mills, by making a donation of $25 or more and filling out this form. You can learn more about the book here. If you prefer to donate by mail, please send a check and note requesting the book to PO Box 584, Saxtons River, VT 05154.
Read an article about Lily Pond Highlands, 615 acres of land conserved by the Windmill Hill Pinnacle Assocation.
For many years, Arthur Westing led a walk to Vermont's Champion White Ash each spring. Read the White Ash article by Arthur Westing.
Read Water in Trees: Its Uptake and Ascent, another article by Arthur Westing.
Read Spring Wildflowers article by Arthur Westing.
Our meeting place for some events.
Address: 44 Church Street, Westminster West, VT, 05346
From Saxtons River: Follow Westminster West Road south for 5.8 miles to the center of Westminster West. Go straight across the T intersection of Westminster West Road with West Road—going up the hill on Church Street to the white church. Parking is both left and right of the narrow street near the church.
From the center of Putney village: Follow Kimball Hill/Westminster Road for 6.9 miles to the center of Westminster West. At the intersection, where Westminster West Road comes in on the right, turn hard left onto Church Street and go up the hill to the white church. Parking is both left and right of the narrow road near the church.
From the east and Route 5 in Westminster Center: Take School Street to its end in a T intersection. Turn left onto Kurn Hattin Road/Patch Road and follow the paved road over the ridge to the end of Patch Road at its junction with the Westminster West Road. Bear right onto Westminster West Road, and go about 1 mile to the small village. At the intersection of four roads, make a sharp turn back to the left and up the small hill to the white church.
The Pinnacle Association has undertaken an ecological study, conducted by Brett Engstrom and Andrew Toepfer, of Lily Pond Highlands, the 615-acre parcel the Pinnacle is conserving. It includes an inventory of significant natural communities of plants and animals; ponds, streams, wetlands, and vernal pools; and cultural features at the site, which is in the towns of Athens, Brookline, and Townshend. The information will help guide the management of the property, including the placement of hiking trails.
(Please note that Map 4 has been removed from this web version to protect the exact location of the sensitive features.)
Watch a video created by Rosayln Shaoul and Wendy Wallas when Roger was working on WHPA’s new Radford-Smith Trail in the summer of 2018:
Watch video interviews with Pinnacle founders and history book authors:
Watch a video of the opening of WHPA's Radford-Smith trail!