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Eshqua Bog Natural Area

This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently CLOSED. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This fully accessible preserve hosts spectacular spring flower displays.
Trail Activity
Length
0.5 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Hartland (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Pets
Not Permitted
Fees
No

Description

We recently completed the replacement and upgrade of the parking area and easy 1 mile trail which now includes a 460 foot fully accessible boardwalk.  From the boardwalk, visitors can experience the unusual and rare natural history of this plant community first-hand, without impacting its fragile ecology. A memorial bench constructed by the Hartland Nature Club stands near the beginning of the trail in memory of Graceann Ridlon and her work to protect Eshqua Bog.

Other Information

Eshqua Bog is a botanical wonderland of cold-climate holdovers--small pockets of bog plant species and a two acre fen--from the post-glacial era 10,000 years ago. This preserve contains a diverse array of bog and fen plants: labrador tea, cotton grass, pitcher plants, showy lady's slippers, larches and buckbean. 

In springtime, this tiny 40.8-acre preserve, circling the mere speck of an 8-acre bog, bursts forth with color, texture, shapes and scents. Most stunning are the wild orchids. Hundreds of showy lady’s slippers, along with lesser populations of small yellow lady’s slippers, dot the wetland. The somewhat more common pink lady’s slipper abounds here too, along with the northern green orchids and white bog orchids.

Trail Manager

Visit The Nature Conservancy in Vermont online for more information or contact Lynn McNamara, Critical Lands Manager for Northern VT:

The Nature Conservancy: Montpelier Office

The Nature Conservancy: Montpelier Office
Lynn McNamara
575 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602
lmcnamara@tnc.org
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. This goes for trash, leftover food, toilet paper, and hygiene products. If you brought it into nature, please bring it out.
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Trailhead Information

2410 Garvin Hill Rd, Hartland, VT

Eshqua Bog Natural Area is located in Hartland. From I-89 take Exit 1, for Rte. 4 west toward Woodstock and Rutland. Drive 10.4 miles nearly into Woodstock, where Rte. 4 makes a sharp 90-degree bend to the right. (There is a gas station on the right hand side.) DO NOT GO RIGHT. Instead turn left on Hartland Hill Rd. Drive 1.2 miles and bear right onto Garvin Hill Road. Drive another 1.2 miles and look for the Nature Conservancy parking area with room for 4 cars on the right. The fully accessible trail begins from the upper parking lot.

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