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Three's A Trend Snow Covered Trails Meant for Adventure

As the snow makes its return, it has us enjoying outdoor adventures on our x-country skis and snow shoes. There is something whimsical and romantic about taking a trail in a new patch of woods - that keen sense of wonder nurturing our innate curiosity and awareness, and the quiet of a snow covered forest refueling our own inner calm.

There is nothing like getting out in the peaceful, snowy woods. To take an hour or two to disconnect from all the noise - the news, screen time, our daily tasks. A moment to reconnect with Mother Earth in all of its beauty. 

Mornings are our favorite time to explore the mountain trails around Woodstock. When the snowy white covered paths and forest are peacefully still and all you can hear is the calming tunes of the song birds under the canopy.

As such, we have rounded up three of our favorite winter trails on Mt. Tom and Mt. Peg, both peaks part of the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Parks and a few minutes from the center of Town. We hope you enjoy these peaceful trails as much as we do.
 

The Pogue, Mt Tom

Begin this scenic climb from the parking area at Billings Farm & Museum, crossing Rt 12 into Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Stay to the right past the Carriage Barn Visitor Center and continue up the mildly steep Mountain Road until you reach a three-way intersection. Here continue left on Mountain Road, which will bring you down to the The Pogue, a 14- acre utopian mountain pond. 

Take the Pogue Loop Trail around the tranquil body of water, home to both snapping and painted turtles. If it is a sunny warmer winter day, you might spot a group of turtles on a log basking in the warmth of the sun. Or you might be lucky enough to spot a Great Blue Heron feeding by the waters edge.  Once around the Pogue Loop, return back down Mountain Road or for an alternative route to the parking lot, take Upper Mountain Road down to the parking area entrance.

Moderate, roughly 2.5 miles

The Star, Mt Tom

Start at the Prosper Road parking area, located on the West side of Mt. Tom. Walk past the kiosk and pass through the wooden gate onto McKenzie Farm trail. At the end of McKenzie Farm trail turn left up McKenzie Road, a moderate path upwards, a route perfect for all ages. Follow this path until it dead ends at North Ridge Loop, take a right and head down the trail. For a more challenging endeavor which many enjoy on x-country ski, take the Propser Trail from the parking area up, which will connect to the top of McKenzie Road.

The North Ridge Loop leads you down a short hill, take a right at the first intersection with two large trees and it will lead you to the Pogue - the gorgeous 14- acre mountain pond. Enjoy the serene walk around the Pogue Loop Trail or take Mountain Road off the far left side of the Pogue to Mount Tom Road (shortly on the right) to ascend to the top of the South Peak, where you will find the star that shines brightly above Woodstock every night. Stop and breathe in the the captivating birds-eye views of Town.  In the early mornings, sometimes one is lucky enough to stand above the fog and it feels like floating on clouds. 

Moderate, roughly 4 miles

THE Summit, MT PEG

The Mt. Peg trails, best for a snow shoe, can be accessed from the end of Golf Street in Town. From the kiosk take the fairly steep, but short trail up to a set of gentler trails. Follow the Summit trail up and around to the top, or take the Spruce trail on your right up to Summit Trail. From the top you will be able to take in the beautiful view of the Ottauquecheee River Valley, the Billings Farm and Museum and Mt. Tom. Descend the way you came, or take Red Pine leading you back around to the Summit trail. *

Moderate, roughly 2.5 miles

*If you are looking for longer and/or more challenging trails for a x-country ski, the Mt. Peg Summit can be reached by a vast network of groomed trails from the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center. For a map outlining those trails, please visit the Nordic Center website. Additionally, an update on the status of their groomed nordic trails can be found here.
 

For a full map of trails available on Mt. Tom and Mt. Peg, please find trail maps from Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park here. Groomed Mt. Tom trails require a ski pass from the Woodstock Inn & Resort Nordic Center.

 

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