Endowment created for the Bristol Trail Network

When Bristol Trail Network coordinator Porter Knight thinks about the recent 100th anniversary of the Bristol Recreation Club, she’s struck by the foresight of Bristol village’s early-20th-century residents, who purchased land near the downtown and created a nonprofit organization to maintain it for recreational use.

Eagle Scouts install new benches in Bristol

The Bristol Trail Network was the beneficiary of Eagle Scout candidate William Moran, who built four benches for the trail as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Fall Guide: Get moving on new trails and a fun ridge run

We’re not sure what will improve your general well-being more: the exercise your muscles gets or the beautiful landscape your senses will soak up.

Bristol offering StoryWalks for families

BRISTOL — Walking through the Bristol woods this summer, hikers may find themselves straying into a story.In a collaboration between the Bristol Recreation Club and the Lawrence Memorial Library called Bristol StoryWalk, four different children’s books wi … (read more)

Bristol Legion honors Porter Knight

BRISTOL — Porter Knight of Bristol was recently presented with the “Above and Beyond Award” from American Legion Post No. 19. The Bristol Conservation Commission nominated Knight for her work spearheading the Bristol Trail Network. As an officer of the Br … (read more)

Bristol Trail Network eyes new state funds

BRISTOL — The Bristol Trail Network (BTN) wants to launch a new program called “Outside Bristol.” “We’re trying to get people into Bristol and outside in Bristol,” BTN coordinator Porter Knight told the Independent. Outside Bristol would provide, among ot … (read more)

Mount Abe kids make land art

BRISTOL — Last week, on a segment of the Bristol Trail Network that starts behind the Firehouse, Mount Abraham Union Middle School seventh-graders Isabella Shackett and Nathan Lester made a work of art from vines, twigs, bark and leaves, then suspended it … (read more)

Bristol Trail Network is open for hikes

BRISTOL — Porter Knight, Bristol Recreation Club vice president, is reminding everyone that the Bristol Trail Network — including the High School trail — is open.  “Though the Mount Abraham Union High School property is otherwise closed to the public, the … (read more)

The Bristol Trail Network makes strides

BRISTOL — Winter weather may have hit pause on Bristol Trail Network (BTN) construction, but evidence suggests that the existing trails are getting plenty of use. “We’re seeing footprints in the snow on all of the sections,” said Porter Knight, who for mo … (read more)

Bristol Trail Network is slowly taking shape

BRISTOL — Porter Knight, who for more than two years has overseen construction of the Bristol Trail Network, asks fun questions. Take, for instance, a group email she sent out on June 19: “Anyone have a machete and know how to use it?” Volunteer trail bui … (read more)