Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Q: When is the park open?
We are open from Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31, seven days a week, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Guided tours of the park are offered during this time.

 

Q: Can I visit in the winter?
The visitor centers and Mansion are open Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31. The trails and carriage roads are available for three-season hiking and equestrian use, until winter snows arrive and the roads are groomed and used only for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

 

Q: How can I see the inside of the Mansion?
Click here for information on Mansion tours, available from Memorial Day weekend (late May) to October 31. Use this link to see an online exhibit of the paintings in the Mansion art collection.

 

Q: May I take pets into the park?
Leashed pets are welcome until winter snows arrive and the carriage roads are groomed and used only for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Pets are not allowed on groomed roads and trails. During the rest of the year, please make sure pets are on leash at all times.

 

Q: I am disabled. How can I see the park?
Public parking for disabled persons is available at the Billings Farm & Museum parking area. For visitors taking guided tours at the national park, a special pass may be obtained at the National Park Service desk in the Billings Farm & Museum Visitor Center in order to park within close proximity to the Mansion and Carriage Barn Visitor Center. Both facilities are wheelchair accessible. Please ask park staff for assistance. For further information, call 802-457-3368 ext 22.

 

Q: May I ride my bicycle on the carriage roads?
The use of mountain bikes on the carriage roads and trails is specifically restricted in the Deed of Gift - a permanent condition of the generous donation that transferred most of Mount Tom to the National Park Service and the American people. Since the park opened in 1998, people have been understanding and respectful of this limitation and have enjoyed the carriage roads and trails in many other ways.

 
Trees line the banks of the Pogue, a quiet mountain pond. Photo by Emily Sloan.
A gentle 3/4-mile walk loops around the Pogue.

Emily Sloan

Q: What is the Pogue, and how did it get its name?
The Pogue is a man-made 14-acre pond tucked into the hills of the park's Mount Tom Forest. Naturally a spring-fed boggy area, it was created in the 1880s when an earthen dam was constructed. It is rumored to be bottomless! The origin of its name is still in question. One theory believes it is derived from an Abenaki word describing the area. Another theory holds that it is an old Scottish word and was given to the boggy area by an early settler to Woodstock. Please note: There is no swimming, fishing, or wading allowed in the Pogue.

Last updated: September 27, 2017

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54 Elm Street
Woodstock , VT 05091

Phone:

(802) 457-3368 x222

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