Begin this scenic hike by parking at the Billings Farm & Museum, then take the sign posted walkway by the flagpole. Cross Route 12 into the park, and then take a left past the Carriage Barn Visitor Center. Continue up the carriage road past the Belvedere (white building), and the Horse Shed. Continue on along Upper Meadow Road until it connects with Mountain Road. Hike up the mildly steep grade of Mountain Road until you reach a three-way intersection. Continue left along Mountain Road until you reach the Pogue. Take the Pogue Loop trail to observe beautiful views of our 14-acre mountain pond. Return the way you came, or take Mountain Road all the way back to the park entrance.
During George Perkins Marsh's time on this land, the Pogue was a spring-fed fen. Frederick Billings dredged and dammed it in the 1880s to provide water for his estate.
The Pogue provides a diversity of habitats for wildlife, including fish, turtles, frogs, ducks, herons.
When Walking Woodstock - Remember to Always:
·Bring plenty of water.
·Keep your dog on a leash at all times.
·Please pick up after your dog, and dispose of the waste outside the park.
·Wear comfortable shoes with adequate support.
·Park at designated trailheads and lock your car.
·Choose a route that is within your ability, stay on the trails, and take a trail map with you.
·Let someone know your hiking plans, and stick to them.
·Bring a cellphone in case of emergency.
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller Visitor Center: (802) 457-3368
Woodstock Police: (802)-457-1420
Emergency: Dial 911
Last updated: July 6, 2016