HIKING

Quechee Gorge: The Quechee Gorge Walk is a beautiful 1.4 mile roundtrip hike that can be extended if you wish.  Along the trail you can view Quechee Gorge, the Ottauquechee Dam and waterfalls.  For directions and more information: QUECHEE GORGE WALK

Mt. Ascutney State Park: Mt. Ascutney offers several different hiking trails of various lengths to reach the summit (there is even a driving option).  At the top you'll find an observation tower providing panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.  For more information: ASCUTNEY MOUNTAIN HIKE

Mount Peg: Mount Peg hike is a short easy hike near Woodstock Village.  This is a great hike to go on with children. The summit opens up to a beautiful grassy area with views of Woodstock and surrounding areas.  For more hiking details: MOUNT PEG HIKE

Mount Tom: Get a big bang for your buck with this hike.  The trailhead is also very close to Woodstock Village.  Roundtrip this hike is about 2.75 miles.  At the top, you can see all of Woodstock Village and the surrounding mountains.  For more information:  MOUNT TOM

Gile Mountain Trail: Gile Mountain trailhead is in the town of Norwich, Vermont.  It is a 1.4 mile out and back that is well-groomed hike and perfect for families.  It is also close King Arthur Flour and Hanover NH.  For directions and more information about the hike: GILE MOUNTAIN

SWIMMING/ BOATING

North Hartland Lake:  The North Hartland Lake is a 215 acre lake with a picnic area, nature trails, a playground and horseshoe pits.  It is only about a 15 minute drive from the farm.  For more information: NORTH HARTLAND LAKE

Silver Lake State Park: Located in Barnard, Silver Lake is the perfect place to spend the day on the beach and swimming in the lake.  Other activities at the park include fishing, boating, picnicking, horseshoes and volleyball.  For more information and directions:  SILVER LAKE STATE PARK

Twenty Foot Hole: Located in Reading, Vermont, the Twenty Foot Hole is a natural swimming area with three pools and a small set of waterfalls.  People do cliff dive here but there are warnings that it can be very dangerous so please be safe! For more information and directions: TWENTY FOOT HOLE

Great River Outfitters: Offer activities including kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and river tubing for all ages and skill levels. Check out their website for more information:  GREAT RIVER OUTFITTERS

PARKS/ SANCTUARIES

Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS): Only 20 minutes from the farm, VINS is one of the most popular places to visit in Quechee.  Check their website for a schedule of their animal encounters, and information about their new exhibits. You can also get up close to over 40 raptors that call VINS home.  They have all sustained injuries and are unable to be reintroduced into the wild.  VINS also has nature trails and a natural playground.  Website:  VINS

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park: The park is located across from the Billings Farm Museum.  The park offers both guided and self-guided walks, landscaped grounds and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller mansion.  For more information: MARSH-BILLINGS-ROCKEFELLER PARK

Path of Life Sculpture Garden: The garden is about a 15 minute drive from the farm in Windsor, Vermont.  The Connecticut River runs along this 14 acre garden.  There are 18 works of art to explore, each of which symbolizes our journey through life.  The garden is a fun destination for people of all ages.  For more information: PATH OF LIFE

Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site: This is the home, studios and gardens of Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  You can see over 100 pieces of his artwork on the grounds.  There are also nature trails and summer concerts.  It's only 20 minutes from the farm.  For more information:  SAINT-GAUDENS

Eshqua Bog Natural Area: In Hartland, the Eshqua Bog is a 40 acre natural area that protects 8 acres of wetlands.  A boardwalk has recently been constructed to make it easier and more enjoyable while viewing the wetlands.  During mid to late June you can see a variety of wild orchids in bloom.  For directions and more information: ESHQUA BOG

MUSEUMS

Billings Farm & Museum: Billings Farm is a working farm in Woodstock.  You can explore their livestock barn that houses their dairy herd, draft horses, sheep, and oxen.  The museum gives you a glimpse into what farm life was like a century ago in Vermont.  Billings Farm always has special events going on throughout the year.  Check out their website for more information: BILLINGS FARM

Montshire Museum of Science: The Montshire Museum has over 125 hands-on indoor and outdoor exhibits relating to natural and physical sciences, ecology and technology.  Located in Norwich, Vermont it's only a 25 minute drive from the farm.  For more information:  MONTSHIRE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE

American Precision Museum: The American Precision Museum has the most impressive collection of historically significant machine tools in the country.  You will understand the history of machine tools and their impact on society. Check out their website:  AMERICAN PRECISION MUSEUM

LOCAL ARTISANS

Farmhouse Pottery: At Farmhouse Pottery you can walk through the pottery workshop and learn how the potters make authentic stoneware pieces.  You can also wander through their retail store and admire all of their handcrafted pottery, furniture, home decor, jewelry and clothing.  Website: FARMHOUSE POTTERY

Simon Pearce: Visit the famous Simon Pearce in Quechee. You can watch the glassblowers at work, shop at the Simon Pearce store, enjoy a drink and a small bite at the bar, or enjoy a delicious meal and the beautiful views of the Ottauquechee River.  Website:  SIMON PEARCE

Andrew Pearce Bowls: Watch the craftsmen in their workshop creating their unique wooden bowls and shop at their store. Website: ANDREW PEARCE