Swimming & Paddling
The Woodstock Area is the perfect place for a relaxing day by the water even though we're in the heart of the mountains of Vermont. The Village welcomes the flow of the Ottaquechee River right through the center of town, so no matter where you walk, you'll have a pretty view of rushing water moving over ancient glacial rocks. The Kedron Brook parallels the community to the south along route 106 and offers cool, shady spots with the sound of rushing water. Stop at Teagle's Landing for a picnic: one of Woodstock's hidden treasures. This miniature park on the bank of the Kedron offers a cool break from the downtown streets and is a great place to read, talk or let your dog watch ducks along its narrow bank.
Swimming is the best way to cool off. If you're looking for recreational lap swimming, The Woodstock Recreation Center on River Street offers classes and two outdoor pools to the public. Call (802) 457-1502 for open swim times. If you're looking for an indoor pool, The Woodstock Health & Fitness Center, just two miles down Route 106 offers an elegant alternative. Your day rate there also includes full use of the sauna, steamrooms and Nautilis facilities. Call (802) 457-6656 for more details.
Open water swimming has always been a summer activity in Vermont. With a plethora of clean lakes you can enjoy distance swimming throughout the state. Silver Lake State Park, just eight miles north in Barnard, Vermont has been rated one of Vermont's cleanest lakes. It is small with few motor boats and is accessible through the State Park entrance on the North Road for $2.50 per person. There's a roped area for smaller children, snacks and a fabulous playground with acres of cut grass for sunbathing. Or you can join the locals down by the Barnard General Store at the corner of the Stage Road and Route 12. Canoes and kayaks are also launched here and the beach is small but the breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the store are not to be missed.
Echo Lake between Plymouth and Ludlow, Vermont is an easy 20 minute drive south west from Woodstock. Go west on Route 4 to Bridgewater Corners and go south on Route 100A to Route 100. Turn left and head out to Hawk Mountain Resort. Turn left off 100 and follow a dirt road to Echo Lake on your right. This long, skinny lake provides deep, cold water, particularly refreshing on a warm summer day. The sandy beach and picnic area provides changing rooms and areas for cook-outs.
Various swimming holes on the Ottauquechee River offer a fun for a quick dip if its steamy out there. The Kedron Valley Inn in South Woodstock has fresh water pond open to the public for a small fee. Or you can join the Kedron Beach Club to be a regular member with the locals. Chaise lounges and a sandy beach provide an especially nice place for smaller children to get used to open water swimming.
The Woodstock Inn & Resort also offers a secluded outdoor pool on its property for their guests next to their putting green. The indoor pool at the Woodstock Health & Fitness Center is open daily for a day use fee to anyone staying in the area.