Start with a Stroll
Eshqua Bog Natural Area - This boardwalk path and accompanying short walking loop opens up to a beautiful world of Vermont’s flourishing fauna. Just minutes from the Woodstock Village, the boardwalk is accessible and easy enough for the whole family – grandparents to toddlers – to explore the rare plant life that grows in the wetland. If you’re visiting in June, you may be lucky enough to see the delicate flowers known as lady’s slippers and the wild orchids! The short woodland path that skirts the bog area is a nice addition for an extra walk. Please note, dogs are not allowed in the natural area.
Thundering Falls, Killington – This easy trail that leads to a boardwalk along the large waterfall follows the only section of the Appalachian Trail that is wheelchair accessible. Though a quick path (less than ½ mile round trip), the payoff is huge! The approximately 125-foot falls cascades over metamorphic rock and is a favorite spot for nature photographers. If you’re looking for a longer hike, we recommend pairing this short stop with one of the longer hikes in Killington like Deer Leap Overlook, outlined below!
Time for a Trek
Deer Leap Overlook – If you’re looking for a real day of hiking with a vast reward, you’ve got to start climbing! Gifford State Park in Killington, Vermont is just a short daytrip from Woodstock and holds some great hiking trails. This loop maps just under 5 miles and opens to a view of Pico Mountain from Deer Leap rock. Extend the hike even further and hitch onto the trail that snakes alongside Kent Pond before heading back to the trailhead.
Mt. Ascutney Trails – The Mt. Ascutney State Park offers multiple trails to reach the summit, ranging in difficulty. On a clear day, you’ll love the reward of 360-degree views from the observation tower at the peak. Some lucky hikers have even been able to see out to Mt. Washington! Options for kid-friendly hiking or steep and rocky climbs make Mt. Ascutney a mountain for everyone. Some trails are even open year-round for a winter snowshoe climb.