Your Guide To Winter Hiking Trails + Snowshoeing PathsDec 29, 2020 03:25PM ● By Tracey Hull
With winter officially here and indoor activities somewhat dampened, what better way to celebrate Vermont than exploring endless trails and mountaintops? Sure, you may need some foot warmers, but being immersed in nature warms the soul. So, grab your snowshoes (or hiking shoes) and checkout these 5 places to explore this winter.
1. Peak on Mount Tom, Woodstock, VT
The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is home to the Mansion built, in 1805, and over 20 miles of trails filled with history and wildlife. The owners believed, “access to the parks….is central to the welfare of people – body, mind, and spirit.” This philosophy is apparent throughout the grounds which feature panoramic views of Woodstock from the South Peak on Mount Tom.
2. The Faulkner Trail, Woodstock, VT
This switchback trail also features panoramic views of Woodstock’s Village. Along the 2.75-mile trip, you will find caves, stonework, and benches. Parts of the trail may be treacherous, but steep areas are equipped with hand railings for safety.
Eshqua Bog Natural Area, Hartland, VT
Although the Eshqua Bog is most known for the 460-foot boardwalk and botanical summer flowers, it offers 41 acres of peace from the hustle and bustle of life. This easy walk around the bog and through the woods is mostly flat and includes benches for reflection.
Laughlin Trail, Quechee, VT
The Laughlin Trail is part of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) and includes a wooden Forest Canopy Walk - which is great for spotting wildlife. The 0.3-mile loop is easy and kid-friendly. The other outdoor exhibits are also open and offer a wide variety of nature trails and kids’ activities.
5. The Windsor Trail, Windsor, VTLooking for something challenging? The Windsor trail is a 5.3-mile climb in Ascutney State Park. It is considered the steepest ascent up Mount Ascutney and follows streams for much of the way. Is it worth the trek? In addition to being dog-friendly, the peak features a panoramic view of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts’ mountains.