Boots to Boats and Beyond

Boots to Boats Map
Click on the image to download full scale map. * Please note: Map image is for general reference only and is NOT suitable for detailed navigation. For wayfinding please refer to the Activity Guide.

The Boots to Boats initiative connects the only national park in Vermont, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, with the only national park in New Hampshire, Saint Gaudens National Historic Site, via the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Connecticut River National Blueway. You are invited to hike, paddle, stroll, practice yoga, fish, meditate, or define your own type of recreation along the way.

To encourage beginners and seasoned participants, alike, we offer a variety of free, guided experiences in local public lands and waters in the Boots to Boats area. Join the National Park Service and our partners for these activities on specific dates, or explore on your own.

Activity Guide
Adventure Map*
Seven Hikes
Boating Options

Boots to Boats Collage

In celebration of its centennial in 2016

the National Park Service imagined a link between Vermont’s Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and New Hampshire’s Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site. “Boots to Boats" is a series of hikes and paddles highlighting two National Parks, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Connecticut River Blueway.
► Featuring 2 amazing parks, 1 scenic trail, and 1 national blueway.
► All ages and fitness levels are invited to experience a Boots to Boats adventure.
► Link to
hiking and boating descriptions to craft your adventure or participate in the organized activities.
Contact us: 802-457-3368 x222 with questions.
►Your Boots to Boats and Beyond could include up to 21 miles of glorious hiking through forest and mountain, and 20 miles paddling down an awesome river.
►You don’t have to do it all. You're invited to walk or paddle any amount of the trail.

Hiking in the two parks & Appalachian Trail

► Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock,Vermont offers more than 20 miles of walking trails, including seven miles of wide carriage roads - no motor vehicles or bicycles allowed - through historic forests on Mount Tom. Find a map of the park.

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire offers a self-guided nature trail and a scenic hiking trail through 80 acres of forest, as well as the chance to stroll in beautiful gardens featuring inspirational sculptures. Find a map of the park.

►Hiking on the Appalachian Trail between the two parks - Seven short sections of the AT, from two to five miles one-way, connect Woodstock and Norwich, Vermont along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Appalachian Trail Hikes - 2018
Hike on the iconic long distance trail with park staff and the Green Mountain Club. These guided treks are perfect for fit first-timers and long-time “AT” hikers. The focus is mostly on hiking, but the group will pause for occasional stories and activities. Bring a water bottle and a snack. Hike duration varies from 1.5 to 3 hours plus travel to and from the trail heads. Shuttle available, 12 person limit. Registration Required, call 802-457-3368 x222. Meets at 9:30am on the following Saturdays: June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25, September 8, September 29.

Yoga Hikes with Inner Lift Yoga - 2018
Enjoy a ~2 hour walking meditation in the woods and fields as you pause for instruction that incorporates elements of the natural environment. Each date is at a different location!
• Saturday, July 7, 10am at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller
Combine with Breakfast at Tiffany’s for a fun morning
• Saturday, August 18, 10am at
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
• Saturday, October 6, 9:30am on the Appalachian Trail, park in the Billings Farm & Museum overflow lot and meet in front of the Billings Farm Visitor Center.

Public Kayaking Days with Bold Paths Adventures - 2018
Learn paddle strokes and water safety, then get on the water in a kayak on this family-friendly guided experience. There are multiple launch times throughout the day, and reservations are required. Contact to sign up.
• Sunday, July 1, 10am-4pm
• Saturday, August 4, 10am-4pm

Last updated: November 29, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

54 Elm Street
Woodstock , VT 05091


(802) 457-3368 x222

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