The Ghost Trail is a 0.4 mile trail that connects Deer Run at the top of Libby Hill with the Harold Libbey Trail. It is a narrow trail that is not groomed and is designed for walking/hiking/snowshoeing, and mountain biking. The trail gets its name ‘Ghost’ because for half of its length from Deer Run to Old Libby Hill road, it uses the old original trail that existed before the current system was built. This section will show you how much the trails have evolved on Libby Hill but we couldn’t help but recycle the old trail and incorporate it into this new trail. While this trail makes 5 intersections in its short course, it provides trail users with an infinite variety of loops and options when using the trails. It also has some points of interest including the old granite quarry (see ‘3’ on map below and photo in show below) and if you go slightly off trail you can visit the most unusual tree on the property, the 200 year old black gum tree (see ‘5’ below.
As mentioned previously, this is an old trail. While working all over the top of the hill I used this trail to shortcut carrying tools and materials to other sites. In winter I would also use the trails as an optional loop for snowshoeing. Then I began to notice others started doing the same thing with the old trail. It then occurred to me that this should be resurrected as a trail again. In the winter of 2009 we made a winter snowshoe trail that quickly became a favorite of trail users. So with the help of Dave Dowler (and friends) and Tracy Ross the trail got converted to year round use by November 2009
You enter the trail at either Deer Run at the top of the hill or the Harold Libbey Trail. You can use the intersections to your advantage and make loops in your hike with Deer Run, Moose Odyssey, Old Libby Hill Road, and the Harold Libbey Trails. Additionally you combine a quick hop over to the Lynx Trail and create many great trail options.
You will also notice a dotted blue line labeled ‘winter use only’. This trail crosses a wet area and connect to the back side of the Harold Libbey Trail and goes close to Thayer Brook. In the future we hope to build a bridge on this section to allow year round usage. You can hike even now if you carefully follow the green ribbons and step over the few wet sections it crosses (50 foot section). There are also some great options for a mountain bike loop off the horseback of Harold Libbey that we are studying for future use. You continued support helps us continue this trail work, come and see what you have built!