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Quechee State Park

Northern Green Mountains, Vermont

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  • Entrance to the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center.- Quechee State Park
  • Stairs at the visitor center lead down to the hiking trail.- Quechee State Park
  • The trail starts behind the visitor center.- Quechee State Park
  • This connector trail leads to the Quechee Gorge Trail.- Quechee State Park
  • Looking back up at the visitor center from the trail.- Quechee State Park
  • This section of trail is wheelchair accessible.- Quechee State Park
  • The wide Quechee Gorge Trail can accommodate a lot of visitors.- Quechee State Park
  • The Quechee Gorge Trail leads down to the river where it exits the gorge.- Quechee State Park
  • The other direction on the Quechee Gorge Trail heads uphill under the bridge.- Quechee State Park
  • Signs clearly direct hikers along the trail.- Quechee State Park
  • The trail walks along the top of the gorge and leads to picnic tables, a dam, and Dewey's Mill Pond.- Quechee State Park
  • A blue jay rests beside the trail.- Quechee State Park
  • Picnic tables along the Quechee Gorge Trail.- Quechee State Park
  • Picnic tables along the Quechee Gorge Trail.- Quechee State Park
  • Start of the gorge near the dam.- Quechee State Park
  • Water flowing over the dam along the trail to Dewey's Mill Pond.- Quechee State Park
  • Another peek at the bridge heading back from the dam.- Quechee State Park
  • The bridge has a pedestrian lane on each side, allowing for views into the gorge.- Quechee State Park
  • The view looking north from the bridge.- Quechee State Park
  • The view looking south from the bridge.- Quechee State Park
  • A look down into the gorge.- Quechee State Park
  • Rushing water through the gorge.- Quechee State Park
  • Just over the bridge is a picnic area.- Quechee State Park
  • Picnic tables can be found on both sides of U.S.-4.- Quechee State Park
  • A trail leading to a nearby nature center starts from the picnic area.- Quechee State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Well-maintained trails. Gorge view. Good for families.
Cons: 
May be busy. View is along the main road.
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Region:
Northern Green Mountains, VT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Quechee State Park is home to the deepest gorge in Vermont, carved out by glacial meltwater over 13,000 years ago. Peer down 165 feet to the Ottauquechee River flowing beneath the bridge or follow hiking trails along the rim to either end of the gorge.

The Quechee Gorge Visitor Center is open year round, seven days a week, and it provides information, restrooms, and wheelchair-accessible trails. A trail connects the visitor center to the Quechee Gorge Trail, which is a 1-mile trail along the gorge rim. From the Quechee Gorge Bridge, the southern section of the Quechee Gorge Trail descends 0.4 mile to the bank of the river downstream of the gorge. You can also head north for 0.3 mile, passing a picnic area on the way to the dam overlook and waterfall. Continuing 0.3 mile north from the dam, you’ll walk on a flat strip of land along Dewey’s Mill Pond and the Ottauquechee River.

Dewey’s Mill Pond gets its name from A. G. Dewey, who owned the land and a woolen mill from 1869 to 1962 before moving his operation to Enfield, New Hampshire. The Dewey Company’s mill was powered by the pond water and river on the property, and remnants of the old mill can be viewed along the trail.

Just west of the Quechee Gorge Bridge, you’ll find open grassy picnic areas with picnic tables on both sides of the road and plenty of parking. At the back of the northern picnic area, there’s a hiking trail that leads over to the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, where visitors can meet the resident raptors, check out the forest exhibit, watch shows and animal feedings, or explore additional hiking trails.

Quechee State Park also houses a seasonal campground with 45 sites and seven lean-to shelters for those wishing to extend their stay overnight. Trails connect campers to the visitor center, hiking trails, and nearby food and shopping at the Quechee Gorge Village and more.

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