Popular Hiking Trails In and around Woodstock
> Walk Woodstock Trail Map!
Woodstock is a walker's paradise. Anywhere in the village you can literally step outside your door onto an interconnected, compact system of pathways, trails, and carriage roads. They take you from the historic center of Woodstock, across meadows and woodlands, through a national park and up to scenic vistas overlooking valleys, villages, and rural countryside.
Take a day hike or a short stroll. Enjoy the rich conifer forests of Mount Peg, the historic core of Woodstock Village and its pedestrian pathways, Faulkner Park, Billings Park, the Vermont Land Trust's King Farm, and the historic carriage roads and paths of the Marsh-Billings- Rockefeller National Historical Park.
If you are seeking a more backcountry experience, the Appalachian Trail passes just north of Woodstock, and the Long Trail is not far away. There are several Appalachian Trail access points in and around Woodstock and access points to the Long Trail are less than an hour drive away.
GUIDES TO LOCAL HIKES
> Hikes In and Around the Park This brochure Includes 7 hikes. See links below for individual hikes:
> Hike 1 - Junior Ranger Loop (Easy with some short steep sections 1.25 miles)
> Hike 2 - Faulkner Trail (Easy with gradual elevation gain 1.7 miles)
> Hike 3 - Hike to the Pogue (Moderate 2.5 miles)
> Hike 4 - North Ridge Adventure (Moderate 3.6 miles)
> Hike 5 - South Peak (Moderate 4.0 miles)
> Hike 6 - Pogue and South Peak Loop (Moderate 4.0 miles)
> Hike 7 - Precipice Trail (Difficult 2.0 miles)
> Appalachian Trail Hikes
APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKES NEAR WOODSTOCK - Appalachian Trailhead map
Mount Tom's South Peak
South Peak offers the best view around! From the overlook you can enjoy panoramic views of Woodstock and the surrounding hills. There are several ways to get to South Peak, all exploring different parts of the Woodstock trails system.
View from Mount Tom Summit: From west to east, in the foreground is the King Farm with Killington above it on the horizon. To the left is Route 4 and the high school as viewed up the Ottauquechee Valley. To the south, Mt. Ascutney is on the horizon. Below and still proceeding eastward, is the north end of Kendron Valley with the golf course, Vail Field and then the Woodstock Inn. To the left of the Inn is the Windsor County Court House and covered bridge, above which is visible the bald knob of Mt. Peg. Toward the east, the Congregational Church is in the foreground with Billings Farm situated north of the river and then the mountains of New Hampshire are on the horizon above it. The structure on the summit of Mount Tom displays a lighted star and cross with shines over Woodstock during the Christmas and Easter holidays respectively. (Woodstock Inn and Resort Hiking Map 1980).
Mount Peg Overlook
Mount Peg trails start right in town. A short hike leads to a beautiful clearing where you can view the Ottauquechee River Valley, the Billings Farm and Museum, and Mount Tom.
Mount Peg Summit hike (easy)
King Farm Overlook
Poet's trail was inaugurated in 2012 and was part of a project of the Woodstock Union High School's AP English Class. Along the short trail you will encounter not only poetry, but also eclectic sculptures.