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7 Outdoor Activities To Explore When Visiting Woodstock

Aug 25, 2020 12:16PM ● By Kaitlyn Malone
Woodstock, VT is considered to be one of the most beautiful small towns in America. It is full of rural farming heritage and wholesome New England gumption. There are many reasons to visit Woodstock and you’ll be glad you did when you get a taste of the food, the charming community, history, architecture, and the scenery.

Here are 7 outdoor activities to explore when visiting.

Market on the Green

Be sure to make it to the town Farmer’s Market, “Market on the Green”, Wednesdays from 3 pm to 6 pm June 10, 2020 through October 14, 2020. This is an excellent opportunity to gather incredible local ingredients for meals when you picnic at some iconic spots around Woodstock! You’ll have an opportunity to sample and shop for all the local delicacies, from cheeses and maple products to spirits, in a festive outdoor environment with live music to boot! Maybe even pick up a few gifts from the craft vendors for friends, family, and yourself -cause you deserve it!

Please see the Facebook link here for you to see any updates about the Market.



Take in the Town

Grab a cup of tea or coffee at one of the many coffee spots like Mont Vert Cafe, then take a stroll in Woodstock village. Walk down its charming streets past art galleries, boutiques, and traditional general stores. By taking the time to immerse yourself in the town's handsome architecture as well as the energetic and artistic community you can come to know it’s charming colonial heritage and delight in it’s New England character. The Woodstock Town Crier is a must-see at the center of town and it lists all of the upcoming town events.

Here is a link to Mon Vert Cafe for you to peruse their organic beverage list and menu.



Hiking

Take in the fresh air and get the blood flowing while you hike through the lovely New England landscape. There are numerous hikes surrounding Woodstock that weave through luscious trees, along meadows, past rivers and ponds, and into a national park. Dogs are welcomed on all trails but must be leashed. For a moderate 4.2 mile loop take The Pogue and Mount Tom Trail. It is a very well maintained path that guides you up to a remarkable view of the town of Woodstock nestled in the trees.


Swimming

Whether you want to dip your feet in the Ottauquechee River while you read a book and picnic or want to float on a blow-up flamingo at Kedron Valley Inn Pond, Woodstock has many locations nearby that can work for you! A great location for a relaxing day wading in the river is a spot near the Woodstock History Center. Know that there is a bit of a rocky entrance but it takes you to a shallow portion of the river and it has a terrific view of the Middle Covered Bridge which is an iconic town landmark.


Billings Farm and Museum

The Billings farm was originally established in 1871 and now operates as a part of a non-profit teaching visitors about farm life and it’s history. For a small entrance fee, you can spend the day at Billings Farm and Museum and partake in some of the incredible opportunities they have to offer. It continues to flourish as a dairy farm today and inbreeding award-winning livestock. Billings Farm & Museum provides visitors with a singular look into Vermont’s farm life. Bring a picnic lunch and tour its pastures, walking trails, exhibits, and dairy bar, and leave with a block of their award-winning smoked cheddar! For more information please see their website.



Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park

The Rockefllers transferred this property to the government in 1992 and is the only National Park System in Vermont today. This park contains a mansion, exceptional gardens, and 555 acres of forest. There are self-guided maps and activity brochures that guide you through the property. You can discover information about the important role Woodstock played Vermont’s war effort. There are also tours that lead you through places associated with the Underground Railroad, abolition meetings, and the town's free African-American community. Note that Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is experiencing a phased reopening due to Covid-19 and so some of the buildings will be closed, but plenty of outdoor activities here continue to be very enriching! For more information please see their website.



Sugarbush Farm

Visit a 500-acre family farm that is famous for its pure maple syrup and spectacular waxed cheeses. Three generations old, the Luce Farm is open to the public year-round from 9 am-5 pm. Admission is free and you can learn about the syrup making process as well as take a self-guided tour through the beautiful maple woods and see how a maple tree is tapped for its sugar. You can follow the path that the draft horses use in springtime to collect the sap which is then turned into Vermont’s renowned maple syrup. Sugarbush Farm enjoys giving samples of 15 different kinds of cheeses and 4 grades of maple syrup to people from all over the world. Engross yourself in the beautiful countryside and in the warmer months you can make friends with the farm animals. For more information and to look at their online store click here.


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