The Ottauquechee River Trail
With your face to the Ottauquechee River, dig your toes in the lush, soft grass of East End Park—a spot once dubbed “the jungle” for the dense tangle of wilderness which served as a dumping ground for excess snow—and glance to your right.
There, beyond the freshly-built amphitheater, is a winding route.
The three-mile Ottauquechee River Trail was developed with help from Woodstock residents and the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.
The Ottauquechee River and Billings Farm & Museum’s pastoral grounds beckon from beyond a stand of trees. You’ll inch closer till the wide, flat trail bends right to follow the swaying path of the river, complete with perspectives of Mt Peg and Mt Tom you can’t find anywhere else, before transitioning to a meadow loop of mowed fields.
We’re so excited to be opening this beautiful, flat trail to provide residents and visitors unparalleled access to the Ottauquechee River. Thanks go out to our volunteer committee, the landowners and the EDC for making this all happen. We’re thrilled to be able to build on the great work at the East End Park and help to further the potential for Woodstock’s East End.
There’s an infusion of history and mindfulness toward the creation of this trail system.
While the path dodges and weaves around wetlands and vernal pools, careful not to disrupt the flora and fauna of a riparian ecosystem, there are many stretches long ago set in stone—or in this case, steel.
Look closely and you may see signs of the railroad bed underfoot, laid 150 years ago as part of the Woodstock Railroad, a 14-mile track transporting passengers, goods, and freight between White River Junction.
It’s a beautiful balance with one heck of a view.