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Hurricane Forest Wildlife Refuge Trails

This refuge is 142 acres of protected forest, wildlife sanctuary, and a lovely section of stream donated to the town of Hartford in 1973 by Winsor and Bertha Brown.
Trail Activity
3.0 miles, Network
Hartford (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt
Permitted on leash


Trails have been built by volunteers, including the Boy Scouts and the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, and are maintained by a dedicated volunteer group. Although this park takes its name from a hurricane that struck the area in the late 1700s, there is ample evidence of the effects of a more recent occurrence: the hurricane of September 21, 1938 toppled many old-growth white pine trees whose giant trunks remain today. There are other areas with enormous ancient trees still standing, including white pine and red oak. 

Trail Manager

Visit Hartford Parks and Recreation Department online for more information or contact:

Hartford Parks & Recreation Department

Hartford Parks & Recreation Department
171 Bridge Street
White River Junction, VT 05001
Phone: (802) 295-5036
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Make a Plan B before you head out the door. If the parking lot is full when you arrive at the trailhead, go to your second destination.
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Trailhead Information

Take Route 5 South from White River Junction past the VA hospital. Take an immediate right after the I-89 overpass onto Wright Reservoir Road; parking is at the pullover just a few feet before the refuge entrance on Wright Reservoir Road.

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