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VINS Nature Center Trails

In addition to a network of forested trails, VINS has many exciting exhibits, located throughout the VINS Nature Center that focus on topics such as Insects, Vermont Meadows, Bird Rehabilitation, and the Importance of Wetlands.
Trail Activity
0.7 miles, Network
Hartford (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt


A short walk through 40 wooded acres of VINS forest with views of the Ottauquechee River with information kiosks along the way. An interpretive hand-out that covers the changing landscape of Vermont can be obtained at the trailhead. Note: Visitors must pay for admission.

The most popular exhibit showcases our ambassador non-releasable raptors. VINS also offers extraordinary educational programs and nature camps. For more information, speak with someone at the Nature Store.

Other Information

Closest bathrooms are in the VINS Exhibit Building near the Raptor Enclosures, in the Administration Building, and in the Nature Store.

VINS Nature Center is handicap accessible. The walking trails are not.

Benches are scattered along path and information kiosks are available.

Trail Manager

Visit Vermont Institute of Natural Science online for more information or contact:

Vermont Institute of Natural Science

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
PO Box 1281, 6565 Woodstock Road
Quechee, VT 05059
Phone: (802) 359-5000
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Keep campfires small and contained to established fire rings in permitted sites only.
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Trailhead Information

From Woodstock, VT drive east on Route 4 for 6 miles, turn left at VINS Nature Center access road (there is a large sign and flag pole).

From White River Junction and points east, take Exit 1 off I-89 and head west for 3.5 miles. The VINS Nature Center is on the right, 0.25 miles past the Quechee Gorge.

Trailhead is near the raptor enclosures.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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