Mollie Beattie Bog Trail

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A short trail and boardwalk provides access to the state-significant Mollie Beattie bog
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking
0.10 miles, Round Trip
Lewis (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash


The Mollie Beattie Boardwalk is a self-guided, 200-foot, wheelchair-accessible boardwalk and trail. The trail starts with a packed stone dust surface and then transitions to an elevated boardwalk over the bog. The whole trail is 5+ feet wide. Among the most significant black spruce woodland bogs in Vermont, Mollie Beattie Bog has been recognized as a state significant site. It contains one of the largest populations of bog sedge, which is a rare plant in Vermont. Mollie Beattie was the first female Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

Other Information

The Nulhegan Basin - The Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 26,600 acres of conifer and deciduous forest interspersed with forested wetlands, peatlands and shrub swamps, and contains three of the four tributaries of the Nulhegan River. These lands are nested within a working forest landscape exceeding 150,000 acres. Located just a few miles south of the Canadian border, the basin’s vegetation most closely resembles that of the northern Appalachian Mountains, interspersed with elements of the boreal forest to the north. This division is known for abundant songbirds, particularly boreal species and warblers, and has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. It is open to the public for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Division roads are gravel and remote. Call the visitor contact station for the current status of the roads. Horses, non-registered motorcycles and ATVs are not allowed. Trucks and other heavy equipment have the right of way on these roads. 

Trail Manager

The Mollie Beattie Bog is in the Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge, which protects over 36,000 acres of the Connecticut River watershed. For more information, visit the Refuge's website or contact:

US Fish & Wildlife Service - Silvio O. Conte NWR
Refuge Manager
5396 Route 105
Brunswick, VT 05905
Phone: (802) 962-5240 x 112
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know how to choose and use your gear for each trip, factoring in the terrain and conditions.

Trailhead Information

From Brighton (Island Pond), drive 1 mile west on VT-105. Turn left onto Henshaw Road and proceed for 4.7 miles. Turn right on Four Mile Road. The parking area will be on the right after 2.6 miles. Cross the road from the parking area to access the trail and boardwalk. 

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