Every once in a while, it’s good to get out of the car and do a little touring by foot. And there’s no better time to go for a hike than in summer, when trees form a natural canopy and wildflowers are in full bloom. Guests at the Inn can find a bounty of nice trails within close proximity, ranging from easy walks to more challenging treks.
Below are a few of the more popular ones.
Sugar maples and 400 year-old hemlocks provide plentiful shade on the hiking trails at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park in Woodstock, Vermont. There are seven defined hikes in and around the park. Of these, the 1.7-mile Faulkner Trail offers gentle switchbacks as you gradually climb to an overlook a beautiful panoramic view of Woodstock. The popular South Peak Hike, four miles round trip, follows an old carriage road as it loops around as it passes through the park’s historic tree plantations and offers a side tour, if you choose, to a scenic mountain pond. The most strenuous of the bunch is the Precipice Trail, a two-mile round-trip path that is an uphill climb, over rocky outcroppings to a rewarding view at the top.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park
54 Elm Street, Woodstock, VT
Trails are open year-round
Visitor’s Center is open daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
You will find the trailhead kiosk to the Mount Peg Summit Hike right in downtown Woodstock. The 2.5 mile round-trip starts off steep, but stick with it—the trail grows more gentle as it works its way up to a nice grassy spot on top, where you can snag a bench and take in stunning views of the valley below.
Mount Peg Summit Hike
Court Street at Golf Avenue, Woodstock, VT
For sheer drama on your trek, head over to Quechee State Park, a 30-minute drive from the Inn., home to Vermont’s deepest—and downright spectacular—gorge. You can pick up a moderate 1.5-mile trail at the Visitor’s Center that goes to the bottom of the gorge and the Ottauquechee River. There are three other easy trails, as well; an additional one to the bottom of the gorge, and two to Dewey’s Pond.
Quechee State Park
5800 Woodstock Road, Hartford, VT
Open May 19 – October 15, 2018
Whether you want to hike, bike, or just R&R, make your base at Maple Leaf Inn where you’ll enjoy a hearty breakfast before heading out, and homemade cookies when you return. Call today to book your stay!