NEWFANE, Vt. — Two groups in Vermont are engaged in a legal battle over the ownership of part of a local trail.

Future access to the West River Valley Trail hinges on the outcome of the trial that began Monday in Newfane. The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/2wkjCqZ ) the property dispute is between the nonprofit Friends of the West River Trail and Dummerston resident Melvin Mayo.

The trial began with residents called as witnesses, testifying about how long they have used the path and if they recalled barricades or no-trespass signs. Mayo says the trailhead in question is part of his property.

The nonprofit says it owns two acres and that the trailhead should be open to the public.