Outdoor Activities

Hikers with poles in park
Walk Woodstock!


General Hiking Information

In the park boundaries there are over 20 miles of trails (download a list of hikes) available for visitors to explore. The trails crisscross the property through peaceful forests, to spectacular overlooks and historic scenery. The trails can be accessed from the park entrance on Vt. 12 or from the parking lot on Prosper Road. Trail maps are available online or at the visitor center. No bicycles or motorized vehicles are allowed and dogs need to be kept on a leash.

Trail systems on public lands that border the National Park connect to form a trail network of over 30 miles that joins two mountains and the village of Woodstock. Learn more about the Walk Woodstock trail system and the Woodstock Trails Parntership.


The park lies within a temperate zone and experiences four full seasons. Arrive prepared for a wide variety of weather conditions. Summer temperatures are usually in the 70s or low 80s during the day and upper 60s in the evening. Spring and fall days can range from the 50s to lower 70s, and winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains.


  • Bring plenty of water
  • Wear comfortable shoes with adequate support
  • Park at designated trailheads and lock your car
  • Pack out whatever you pack in
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times
  • 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
  • Hikers yield to horses. Slowly and calmly step off to the downhill side of a trail. If you approach from behind, calmly announce your presence and intentions. Horses and other pack stock can frighten easily, so avoid sudden movements or loud noises.
  • Woodstock Police 802-457-1420
  • Emergency Dial 911
Carriage Roads
Carriage Road

Carriage Roads

Between 1880 and 1895 Frederick Billings oversaw the construction of 10 miles of carriage roads to access the pastures and young woodlots on the property. Carriage rides, in pursuit of scenic views, were a popular pastime in the nineteenth-century. Hikers can enjoy the diverse and picturesque landscape on the carriage roads or the more narrow hiking paths. Traversing the property on the carriage roads one can experience many scenic views, from shady groves of Norway spruce to brilliant green meadows and sunny open woodlands composed of mixed hardwoods.

Frederick Billings learned from George Perkins Marsh's book Man and Nature to be a practitioner of forest restoration and planted thousands of seedlings all over the barren hills of the property. The carriage roads were open to the public to provide a way to showcase his model farm and forestry operation. While hiking on the carriage roads one can experience Vermont's first tree farm, one of the oldest professionally managed forests in North America.

Horses with Riders
Horseback riding

Horseback Riding

The trails are open for equestrian use. Most trails are suitable for horseback riding, but please avoid taking your horse on the Precipice Trail and North Peak Trail. Horse trailers can be parked at the Prosper parking lot or Billings Farm and Museum overflow lot. If your are bringing a carriage, please make sure to call ahead to make arrangements: 802-457-3368 x222.

Turtles on a log at the Pogue

Wildlife Viewing

With 20 miles of trails winding their way through 550 acres, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP offers visitors the chance to experiences the unique wildlife of Vermont. White-tail deer, wood ducks, barred owls, fishers, and painted turtles are just a few of the species that call the park home. Whether you are on the hiking trails or on the mansion porch, the opportunities to see, and hear wildlife are limitless. Remember to always give animals their space and never try to touch or feed them.

Favorite Scenic Destinations in the park
Mount Tom's South Peak
Mount Tom's South Peak

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Favorite Scenic Destinations in the park
The Pogue
The Pogue
Rockefeller Mansion and gardens
Rockefeller Mansion & Gardens

Last updated: May 19, 2023

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54 Elm Street
Woodstock, VT 05091


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