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From The Blog Best of: Social distancing activities in Woodstock

Our guide to recreating responsibly

Signed on May 6, 2020, Governor Phil Scott's Play Smart and Play Safe plan gives healthy Vermonters the green light to get outdoors and socialize while following guidelines to stay safe. Want to know how you can partake in the fun in Woodstock? We've got you covered...

Mountain Biking

Date available: Now

Social distancing meets a rush of adrenaline when you hit Woodstock’s beautiful backyard on two wheels. Now that mud season is behind us, WAMBA’s Aqueduct trails, as well as the Suicide 6 and Mt Peg trails – free to access compliments of the Woodstock Inn & Resort – are at your fingertips and begging to be explored. Enduro climbs and amazing vistas await.  

Mountain Biking Mt Peg
The Woodstock Inn & Resort
Biking on Mt Peg

Social distancing guidelines:

  • Don’t car-pool or share equipment
  • Walk or bike to trails when possible
  • If a parking area is full, go elsewhere
  • Leash your dogs or leave them home
  • Wear a mask when others are present
  • Maintain at least 6 feet when passing others on the trail
  • Ride solo or in small groups
  • Return home after completing your ride

Hiking and bird-watching

Date available: Now

Hear that? Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Mt Peg, the Aqueduct Trails, Eshqua Bog Natural Area, and the Appalachian Trail are calling with the melody of a gentle spring breeze and birdsong!

Whether you’re in the mood for a steep upward climb with panoramic views of Woodstock’s village as your reward or something straight out of a botanist’s daydream — a boardwalk leading past hundreds of wild orchids in bloom — you’ll find it in our peaceful, pastoral neck of the woods. And along the way, keep your ears peeled for the trills and twitters of our native feathered friends.

Social distancing guidelines:

  • Park only in designated areas
  • Visit during off-peak times
  • Keep dogs on-leash
  • Wear a mask and maintain at least a 6-foot distance when encountering other hikers
Mt Tom town views in Spring
Mt Tom town views in spring


Date available: Now

Tee time is the me time you’ve been craving now that the Woodstock Country Club and the Quechee Club’s (members only) Lakeland Course are open. Meandering past idyllic waterways and hillsides, these lush 18-hole courses offer the mixed terrain seasoned players crave with accessibility all skill levels will appreciate.

To book a tee time:

Social distancing guidelines:

Golf green
Woman Fishing

Fly fishing

Date available: Beginning May 16, 2020

Leave the world behind as you immerse yourself in local streams, rivers, and ponds during guided Orvis-Endorsed excursions and lessons via the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

Are you an experienced angler? The Woodstock area boasts stunning bodies of water that are just your speed.

Just getting started? Learn on land or kick things up a notch as you stand in the shadow of Woodstock’s iconic Middle Covered Bridge, perfecting fly-casting techniques.

Social distancing guidelines: Click here

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains.

Henry David Thoreau
Horses with bridles
Horses ready for a ride!

Horseback Riding

Date available: GMHA trail system available beginning May 25, 2020 (Memorial Day), click here for updates

Welcome to horse country. Here, you can saddle up and ride across nearly 400 miles of land, including the carriage trails of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and access state-of-the-art facilities from equestrian venues like the Green Mountain Horse Association in picturesque South Woodstock.

Note: Riding lessons are not covered under the Phased Restart Work Safe Guidance

Note: These opportunities are for Vermont residents, and those who have met the minimum 14-day quarantine requirement. Visitors from other states, and countries, are still being asked not to come to Vermont. If they do they are required to self-quarantine for at least 14 days after arriving in Vermont before engaging in any activities. People 65 and older and those with underlying health conditions are still advised to stay home.