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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!

Safety and Regulations - Walk Woodstock

People hiking, safety

Photo credit: Donna Taylor

Hiking Safety

Plan ahead:

  • Bring plenty of water
  • Wear comfortable shoes with adequate support
  • Prepare for changing weather conditions by bringing warm clothes
  • Park at designated trailheads and lock your car
  • Choose a route that is within your ability, stay on the trails, and take the trail map with you.
  • Let someone know your plans and stick to them
  • Take your cell phone, most of which work in Woodstock, in case of emergency

Woodstock Police 802-457-1420

Emergency Dial 911
People hiking, safety

While hiking:

Wear good hiking shoes, stay on designated trails, and carry a few emergency supplies along with adequate water. Be aware of any approaching weather systems and avoid ridgetops during thunderstorms. Leave no trace; pack out whatever you pack in.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Hiking Seasons:

Woodstock lies within a temperate zone and experiences four full seasons and hiking is popular throughout the year. Arrive prepared for a wide variety of weather conditions. In winter, trails may be covered in ice or snow. Use crampons or other traction devices for your boots. In autumn, loose, slick leaves on the trail can cause hikers to trip or turn an ankle. Be certain to wear ankle supporting boots. In spring, the snow melt will cause the trail to be soft and fragile. Please stay on the trails during the spring, and try to pick a day after a dry spell to go hiking.

Hiking Regulations:

Remember to help protect your public lands by following these trail regulations.

  • All trash must be carried out.
  • All trails are closed to motorized vehicles.
  • Pets must be restrained and leashed.
  • Disturbing, destroying, and removing natural and cultural objects is prohibited.

Did You Know?

A man dressed all in white is contrasted by the dark and knobbly bark of spruce trees. Published in American Forests magazine in 1910.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS have in common a passion for trees! Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller has the oldest sustainably managed woodland in North America. FDR, an amateur forester, personally supervised the planting of hundreds of trees on his Hyde Park estate.