Mobbs Committee

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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!


What is the Mobbs Farm?

The Mobbs Farm Property, acquired by the Town of Jericho in 1970, is located approximately one mile south of Jericho Center on Browns Trace. The property consists of over 260 acres of both open and forested land and is roughly separated into two equal halves by Fitzsimonds Road. Mobbs Farm is open to all forms of non-motorized recreation, including: hiking, running, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

The westerly parcel of Mobbs, often called "Mobbs Valley", has 5 miles of recreational trails that traverse wide-open fields and both hard and soft-wood forest sections. Some of the trails also parallel Mill Brook where there is a pleasant bench to sit and enjoy the water.

The easterly parcel, often called "Mobbs Hill" has almost 125 acres of mostly forested land. There are four more miles of trails on the Mobbs Hill side of the property that tend to be a bit steeper than on the Mobbs Valley side, but equally as nice. Mobbs Hill has trails leading from both the Fitzsimonds Road and Browns Trace. The Browns Trace side of the Mobbs Farm property also contains the Town of Jericho town garage and a former landfill that has been closed and capped. Please note that all sections of the Town Garage are off-limits at all times to users.

Mobbs Farm can be accessed from the Fitzsimonds Road parking area. The Fitzsimonds Road area is located approximately one mile after turning off of Browns Trace. The Mobbs Committee intends to develop detailed maps to help plan your outing. Mountain bike and horseback riders are strongly encouraged to ride to the trails instead of using the parking lot.


Mobbs Farm Maps Below:

The Mobbs Valley and Mobbs Hill maps are posted at the Mobbs Farm Trail head kiosk on Fitzsimonds Road. The maps identify some major trails by name and identify 6 key intersections. The maps at the kiosk are 16" x 21", while the maps at the intersections are 8.5" x 11". The maps posted at this website are scaled to 8.5" x 11" (3300x2550 pixels).

On the trails, there are two aids to navigation-intersection maps/markers and arrows on trees on two main routes. All "main" trails on the map are well used, and should be easy to follow. Some of the "secondary" trails have very little use, and they may be difficult to follow.

You can print just a portion of a map. For example, if you are interested only in the Americana trail on Mobbs Hill, you can zoom in on the trail, and in "File:Print...." select "Current view" for the "Print Range".


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The Mobbs Committee, under the direction of the Selectboard, oversees the management and maintenance of the Mobbs Property in Jericho. This committee meets every 4th Monday of each month.

If you would like to contact the Mobbs Farm Committee; you can email them at mobbsfarm@jerichovt.gov

We would like to advise visitors to MOBBS Farm to consider parking at the Browns Trace Lot.

If the Fitzsimonds Road Parking Lot is full, please use MOBBS FARM parking at 510 Browns Trace

Thank-you!


What is the Mobbs Farm?

The Mobbs Farm Property, acquired by the Town of Jericho in 1970, is located approximately one mile south of Jericho Center on Browns Trace. The property consists of over 260 acres of both open and forested land and is roughly separated into two equal halves by Fitzsimonds Road. Mobbs Farm is open to all forms of non-motorized recreation, including: hiking, running, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and mountain biking.

The westerly parcel of Mobbs, often called "Mobbs Valley", has 5 miles of recreational trails that traverse wide-open fields and both hard and soft-wood forest sections. Some of the trails also parallel Mill Brook where there is a pleasant bench to sit and enjoy the water.

The easterly parcel, often called "Mobbs Hill" has almost 125 acres of mostly forested land. There are four more miles of trails on the Mobbs Hill side of the property that tend to be a bit steeper than on the Mobbs Valley side, but equally as nice. Mobbs Hill has trails leading from both the Fitzsimonds Road and Browns Trace. The Browns Trace side of the Mobbs Farm property also contains the Town of Jericho town garage and a former landfill that has been closed and capped. Please note that all sections of the Town Garage are off-limits at all times to users.

Mobbs Farm can be accessed from the Fitzsimonds Road parking area. The Fitzsimonds Road area is located approximately one mile after turning off of Browns Trace. The Mobbs Committee intends to develop detailed maps to help plan your outing. Mountain bike and horseback riders are strongly encouraged to ride to the trails instead of using the parking lot.


Mobbs Farm Maps Below:

The Mobbs Valley and Mobbs Hill maps are posted at the Mobbs Farm Trail head kiosk on Fitzsimonds Road. The maps identify some major trails by name and identify 6 key intersections. The maps at the kiosk are 16" x 21", while the maps at the intersections are 8.5" x 11". The maps posted at this website are scaled to 8.5" x 11" (3300x2550 pixels).

On the trails, there are two aids to navigation-intersection maps/markers and arrows on trees on two main routes. All "main" trails on the map are well used, and should be easy to follow. Some of the "secondary" trails have very little use, and they may be difficult to follow.

You can print just a portion of a map. For example, if you are interested only in the Americana trail on Mobbs Hill, you can zoom in on the trail, and in "File:Print...." select "Current view" for the "Print Range".


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  • April 2021 Monthly Mobbs Newsletter

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    With recent April Showers, MUD SEASON at MOBBS FARM is officially underway! Despite drought conditions that developed during one of the driest months of March ever recorded in Vermont, the snow and rain Mobbs received this month have resulted in muddy conditions on many of the trails. Please dress for Vermont’s unofficial “5th season”, when hitting the trails.

    In addition to MUD, tick season is in full swing. Please be sure to check for ticks after visiting Mobbs Farm. These insidious pests are especially problematic this time of year, as they attempt to gorge themselves after the long winter. Tucking pant-legs into socks and wearing light colored clothing is a good plan for keeping the ticks at bay, or at least being able to spot them, should you pick one up while in the meadow or woods. For the latest info from the Vermont Dept. of Health, please visit: https://www.healthvermont.gov/diseasecontrol/tickborne-diseases/information-ticks-vermont


    April is also when dozens of Vernal Pools may be found on the 200+ acres of Mobbs Farm. Visitors may find pools of water, sometimes with trees located right in the middle of these small pools. The pools are seasonal and are a key component of the forest ecosystem. Thousands of frog and salamander eggs develop in these pools over the course of the spring months. There are markedly fewer pools to be found this spring, due to the low rain and snowfall we experienced this winter. Should you be traveling at night on Fitzsimonds Road, please be sure to slow down and keep an eye out for migrating amphibians crossing from one side of the road to get to vernal pools on the other. For more info about this seasonal phenomenon, visit: https://vtecostudies.org/projects/forests/vernal-pool-conservation/vermontvernal-pool-mapping-project/





    There have been quite a few questions from visitors about flagged trees that recently appeared throughout the forest at Mobbs. The flagged trees are marking plots being studied by Forestry Students at the University of Vermont. Every Wednesday afternoon, Foresters are taking measurements in these marked plots to evaluate the current health of the forested areas of Mobbs Farm. The data being collected is shared with Chittenden County Forester, Ethan Tapper, to be analyzed and recorded.


    Construction of the Jericho Solar Farm, being developed on the old landfill site, continues this month with actual panels being attached to the concrete bases that rest on the dump cap. 6,000 panels will be installed when construction is complete.


    REMINDER: The Mobbs Farm Committee hosts their monthly meeting, every 4th Monday of the month, throughout the year. Please join our next ZOOM Meeting, Monday, April 26th at 7:00 PM!