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
3.00 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
Phone: (802) 295-5036
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Trail Tips

Leave What You Find
Avoid the introduction or transport of non-native species. Clean, drain, and dry water equipment when moving between water bodies.
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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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September 04, 2022
Very nice network of trails. Several QR codes posted about various nature information from a local 8th grade. Well maintained. Lots of chipmunks and squirrels.

I hiked around the outside, Pond Loop to Creek Trail to Beacon Hill, to Monument, and back to Pond Loop. Probably about two miles. The VAST trail intersection was a little confusing. The big black arrows on a yellow diamond signs are the VAST trail, so don't follow them. Most other intersections were well marked, except the T intersection at the northmost part of Beacon Loop. Why that one is the only one without a marker, I'm not sure. Pond Loop is fairly easy, but short. Beacon Hill is definitely moderate.
May 02, 2021
Pretty network of trails, well groomed and well preserved forest. Probably should be designated easy rather than moderate.
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