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    Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller

    National Historical Park Vermont

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  • Starting Wednesday July 23rd Expect Road Closures

    July 23rd, Prosper Trail, North Slope & Middle Pass Trails - west side of the park CLOSED for forestry operations. McKenzie Farm Trail & McKenzie Rd will remain open for access between Prosper Parking Lot and the Pogue. CAUTION Heavy Equipment in use!

Natural Features & Ecosystems

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP is a 550 acre park resting east of Vermont's Green Mountain range. The park is bordered on the south by land own by the town of Woodstock and the Vermont Land Trust and to the north by privately owned land. Just outside the park's boundaries lies the summit of Mt. Tom (1,345 ft), a popular hiking destination that rewards visitors with a panoramic view of the village of Woodstock. Glimpses of the past can be seen not only in the rounded hilltops that were shaped by glacier activity but also by the stone fences that once enclosed sheep pastures on the property.

 
Pasture

Pasture in Fall

R Diamant

Land cleared for agriculture
Back over 150 years ago the forests that occupy the park today looked much different. Throughout the 1800s much, almost 80%, of Vermont's native forests were cut down for wood products and to make way for pasture land. This legacy of past agricultural activity can be seen today in the stone fences that cross the park and in the fields that the park maintains presently. These fields were historically used for gardens or for housing livestock, and presently, a few Jersey dairy cows from the Billings Farm and Museum call one of the pastures home each summer.

Did You Know?

View of Woodstock village from Mount Tom's South Peak; the village and person in foreground are framed by autumn foliage. NPS Photo.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP offers day hikers nearly 20 miles of carriage roads and trails. Located about a mile from the park, hikers can easily access one of the nation's premier foot trails, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which extends over 2000 miles from Maine to Georgia.