Discovery Trail

An easy, ADA-compliant loop that starts at the Refuge Headquarters and travels through diverse habitats. 
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing
0.8 miles, Loop
Swanton (VT)
Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash


Starting at the Refuge Headquarters, follow this mile long loop past ponds, through fields and into the woods to the edge of the Maquam Bog. Walk along oak islands and boardwalks for an opportunity to see deer, red fox, coyote, songbirds and birds of prey. The trail from the park office to the woods is 6 feet wide with a hardened gravel surface. There has been some grass encroachment, which is mowed. The boardwalk is also 6 feet wide.

Other Information

Rules and Regulations - 

  • The refuge is a day use facility only and does not allow overnight camping.
  • Pets must be leashed and under the control of the owner while on the refuge.
  • The refuge is closed from dusk until dawn unless otherwise permitted by refuge manager.
  • This trail is closed during deer rifle and muzzleloader hunting season

Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
29 Tabor Road
Swanton, VT 05488
Phone: 802-868-4781
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Find out about and follow any local regulations and respect landowners’ property.
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Trailhead Information

From Swanton, head northwest on VT-78. 5.4 miles after the bridge over the Mississquoi River, turn left on Tabor Road. The parking area for these trails is at Refuge Headquarters on the left 0.3 miles down Tabor Road. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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