Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods Open to the public during daylight hours year round for hiking, bird watching, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
There are approximately 10 miles of groomed trails throughout Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods on nearly 200 acres. The White Mountain National Forest abuts CSVW on the north and west. Trail maps are available at the Visitor' Kiosk located at the Chapman House or download below.
Acreage is snow-covered and gorgeous! Just waiting for adventurous cross country skiers and snowshoers to come and enjoy this pristine, wintry forest.
River Trail is snow-shoe only.
Parking area is plowed with plenty of space.
Sign in at the Visitor’s Kiosk.
Right now we have most of Trails 4 & 5CLOSED. Some small brooks and rivulets are running right across these trails. It is best to close them off for public safety and so that the trails can right themselves as much as possible. Please stay off these trails and do not go beyond the yellow boundary tapes. Thank you.
As always in nature, the weather conditions can change daily and/or hourly. Take shelter in your vehicle in the event of any extreme weather.
Dress in layers you can add or remove as necessary.
COVER ALL EXPOSED SKIN in very cold temperatures.
Birds and animals are in "winter mode" consuming and gathering any food sources available at CSVW. Please do no disturb or remove any plants or any other material from the trails. The acreage protected by CSVW may be critical to the overall health of the forest and the animals who depend on it for survival.
SIGN IN AT THE VISITOR'S KIOSKThis is important for our records and so that we know you are on the trails - and then also safely off.
Thank you - ENJOY!
GRAB YOUR GEAR AND GET OUTSIDE!
PLEASE USE THE INFORMATION BELOW TO ENJOY YOUR VISIT HELP US PRESERVE THIS BEAUTIFUL SANCTUARY FOR THE BIRDS & WILDLIFE ... AND FOR YOU OUR MEMBERS, GUESTS & NATURE ENTHUSIASTS. THANK YOU!
FREE! Parking and admission to all trails is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk every day.
PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE VISITOR'S KIOSK for our records and your safety.
PLEASE TAKE CARE not to stray from the trails as this may disturb some important wildlife habitats, nesting sites, burroughs, food caches and vegetation, etc.
GROUPS ARE WELCOME with advance notice. Call or email CSVW to arrange your event.
Picnic tables are available behind the Chapman House and at the end of the Logging Road.
DOGS are welcome on leash from July 1 - DECEMBER 1.
PLEASE DO NOT leave dog waste bags anywhere on the sanctuary acreage as it is detrimental to the health of the vegetation and animals.
PLEASE DO move your dog's waste off the trail and into the brush.
SAFETY: There are a few "blaze orange" vests available at the Visitor's Kiosk for our guests to wear on the trails if they wish to borrow one. Please return them to the Visitor's Kiosk. Please wear proper footwear and dress according to weather conditions.
WINTER TRAIL ETIQUETTE: If you are walking in boots on snow-covered trails, please stay outside of the groomed tracks used by XC Skiers & Snowshoers. Deep holes made by boots can be hazardous to skiers/snowshoers and detrimental to the groomed trails. RIVER TRAIL is snowshoe ONLY in winter.
DO NOT LITTER:Please take out with you everything you brought onto the trails. Fill your canteens so that you can carry out anything you carry in and leave the trails clean for the birds and wildlife.
DO NO HARM : As always CSVW requires that visitors leave the trails as they find them. Guests should not disturb or remove any material (animal, vegetable, mineral or otherwise) as this may directly and adversely impact the animals and birds. Always be respectful of nature and NEVER disturb a nest or any of the wildlife who make the sanctuary their home.
NO alcoholic beverages allowed.
NO RESTROOMS are available anywhere on the CSVW trails or grounds.
NO HUNTING • NO FISHING • NO TRAPPING allowed anywhere or at any time on CSVW acreage.
THANK YOU!Have a great day outside in nature at Chapman Sanctuary and Visny Woods.
PLEASE SIGN IN AT VISITOR'S KIOSK
It is important that visitors using the CSVW Trails sign in at the Kiosk at the trail head.
Signing in at the kiosk helps us with our record keeping and gives CSVW an opportunity to learn about our visitors and members. Trail Maps are available at the kiosk. THANK YOU
CSVW TRAIL MAP
Download a copy of the CSVW Trail Map using the link below
New! to our website / internet experience is a RIVER TRAIL GUIDE 35 CSVW Trail Information Stations may be enjoyed from your home or on the trails using smart phone or tablet by downloading the River Trail Guide here .......