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Bennington Museum Nature Walk

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The beautiful Hadwen Woods and George Aiken Wildflower Trail (GAWT) are adjacent to the Bennington Museum.
Trail Activity
0.4 miles, Round Trip
Bennington (VT)
Permitted on leash


The trail showcases the native wildflowers and ferns that George Aiken loved, propagated, and wrote about in his book, Pioneering with Wildflowers. One-third of a mile long, with a 235 foot mid-section connector trail and a few benches along the way, it beckons visitors to take a moment to relax and enjoy the beauty that is Vermont’s alone.

Other Information

George Hadwen, a long-time Bennington resident and museum trustee, and his wife Marie donated the six-acre Hadwen Woods property to the museum. Volunteers are adding native wildflower and fern gardens to the landscape of indigenous trees and plants along the brook and throughout the paths, woods, and fields. The trail is used as a learning laboratory featuring plant identification markers, printed information about individual plants and other topics of interest to visitors, and educational programming for children and adults. Please be respectful of the surroundings. Leave no litter behind and keep your pets on a leash and pick up after them. The trail is open to the public from dawn to dusk.

The George Aiken Wildflower Trail has been developed and is maintained entirely by the efforts of volunteers.

Trail Manager

Jackie Marro, jcminvt@hotmail.com


Bennington County Regional Commission
111 South Street, Suite 203
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-0713
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Keep the Twin States (Vermont & New Hampshire) green and clean! Pick up trash, even if it's not yours. Leave soon-to-be trash like excess packaging, stickers, and twist ties at home.

Trailhead Information

Trail is adjacent to the Bennington Museum.

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