History of the Rivendell Trails Association and the Cross Rivendell Trail

The Rivendell Trails Association (RTA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization charged with the mission to create and maintain the Cross-Rivendell Trail as an educational and recreational resource. The Cross-Rivendell Trail was first proposed at a Project Co-Seed conference in 1998. The Rivendell Interstate School District (Fairlee, Vershire, and West Fairlee VT and Orford, NH) was still only a concept when Sally Tomlinson of Orford proposed a cross-district trail as a way to tie the four towns together physically.

In December 2000, David Hooke of Vershire, who had long experience with the Dartmouth Outing Club and the Appalachian Trail, came aboard to lead the project. Jayson Seaman of Orford, then External Programs Coordinator for Rivendell, made the connections that permitted Rivendell Summer Trail Crews to begin construction on the trail. Grants obtained in 2001 allowed for construction of the Mt. Cube Section and the planning of the Vermont route, and with that the project was off and running.

When it became clear that the District needed additional help to manage the trail over the long term, interested townspeople formed the Rivendell Trails Association (RTA) in 2003. The RTA and RISD managed the trail jointly until 2015. Their joint efforts included sharing the salary cost for a part-time Trail Coordinator position. The Trail Coordinator was responsible for coordinating trail and outreach efforts of the

In late 2014, the long-time Trail Coordinator left the position and RISD re-evaluated its goals for CRT use. As a result, RISD made the decision to focus on Grades K-6 use of the trail, without engaging in trail maintenance activities previously managed by the Trail Coordinator or in place-based learning opportunities for Rivendell Academy students. As a result, the RTA has taken sole oversight and maintenance of the trail and is pursuing agreements with other area trail organizations to strengthen the foundations of the trail. The RTA encourages educational use of the trail for RISD students and other community members alike, maintains insurance coverage for trail operations and landowners, sponsors events, publishes newsletters, and promotes the trail to the public.

The RTA has over 175 members (including the 60 landowners who have generously given permission for the trail) and a Board of 11, including 7 townspeople, 2 Rivendell teachers, and 2 Rivendell students.

Our Sponsors

The Cross Rivendell Trail would not be possible without the support of our individual and family members and local businesses. Support includes memberships, financial sponsorship, and other donations -- such as items for our annual auction, food for the Rivendell Ramble lunch, supplies, and time from employee volunteer programs. Thank you one and all for your support!

Our major business sponsors are: