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161 Rt 15 West, PO Box 394
Johnson, VT 05656

serving the Vermont counties of
Franklin, Lamoille and Chittenden,
and the communities of
Bakersfield, Fairfield, St. Albans, Sheldon, Franklin, Richford, Enosburg Falls, Enosburg, Montgomery, Belvidere, Waterville, Cambridge, Jeffersonville, Fairfax, Fletcher, Jericho, Underhill, Johnson, Eden, Lowell, Hyde Park, North Hyde Park, Morristown, Morrisville, Elmore, Smuggler's Notch and Stowe

Current Use Program
This is a program run by the Vermont Division of Forestry. It is also called “Land Use”, or "Vermont’s Use Value Appraisal (UVA) Program". this program "enables landowners who practice long-term forest management to have their enrolled land appraised for property taxes based on its value for forestry, rather than its fair market value." [Learn more details at off site state link]

Rails to Trails
Started by the Rails to Trails Conservancy, this national organization converts abandoned railroad tracks into public biking, hiking and walking trails.

The Long Trail
According to the Green Mountain Club website, the 270-mile Long Trail was built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930 and is the oldest long distance trail in the United States. The trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains, including nearby Mount Mansfield, from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts-Vermont line. The local section of the trail is called the Laraway Section.

Smuggler's Notch
Smuggler's Notch generally refers to either the three peaks of Madonna, Sterling and Morse Mountains, the path in between them, or the ski resort at their base on the Jeffersonville side. According to VtStateParks.com, "Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed." It was used to illegally trade with Canada in 1807, help fugitive slaves escape to Canada, and later to smuggle liquor in the 1920's during Prohibition. These days it challenges many a tour bus and subcompact car engine.

With a top elevation of 3,640 feet, the collective mountain called "Smuggs" is a beautiful view.


A 'Talking House' is a tool to help sell properties! This tool functions as a radio station for your house. Interested buyers can simply drive by and 'tune in' to your house, to listen to all the great features. Blue Spruce Realty is pleased to bring this tool to our clients; to help sellers find a buyer more quickly and help buyers make informed decisions! Call us today to learn more.

VAST Trail
One of the oldest snowmobiling organizations in the U.S., VAST is a non-profit, private group that includes 138 clubs statewide, with over 35,000 members combined. 80% of snowmobile trails in VT are on privately owned land. Landowner permission is required to ride on private land, and in Winter only. Local clubs obtain landowner permission for trails on private property. All riders in Vermont must belong to VAST and a local club to ride trails legally in the state; called a TMA. There is a substantial fine for riding without one. Visit VAST for details.


updated May 2013