Follow the flow of the scenic Black River as it winds along Route 131 west from Interstate 91, or east from Route 103 in Ludlow, and you’ll find yourself in the town of Cavendish, Vermont. Comprised of two villages, Cavendish to the east, and Proctorsville on the western end, the town’s main road runs parallel to the river, mimicking its subtle twists and turns, and is lined with several sparkling ‘glimmerstone’ houses, numerous galleries, bakeries and assorted small businesses.
Hawks Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Flanked by sloping forests that lead to working farms and fields, the Black River in Cavendish offers some of the finest spring trophy trout fishing and kayaking found anywhere in the state. The Hawks Mountain Wildlife Management Area, 2,183 pristine acres of land conserved in Cavendish, is home to black bear and bobcat, peregrine falcon, pickerel frogs and countless others, making for unsurpassed hiking, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing all year round.
Much as it was when its earliest settlers founded it in the 1780’s, farmers, artists, builders, bakers and pioneers of every type and temperament call Cavendish home, lending their unique spirit to the vibrant community that stewards the spectacular Black River landscape.
Proctorsville, Vermont and Cavendish, Vermont alike offer spring trophy trout fishing and kayaking in the Black River, delightful outdoor summer concerts and seasonal festivals, epic bicycling along miles of back roads, easy access to VAST snowmobile trails in the winter and beautiful fall vistas of Vermont farm fields and rolling hills. If you’re willing to follow it, the river will lead you where you know you want to go.
As this is vacation season, and the town is now part of the Scenic 100 Byway, a Cavendish Visitor’s Guide has been posted to Cavendish Blog-Spot. Please e-mail comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-226-7807.
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