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
Accessible Experience Walking Hiking
1.4 miles, Network
Hartford (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Paved/Cement
Not Permitted


A series of short walks through 40 wooded acres of VINS forest with views of the Ottauquechee River and information kiosks along the way. An interpretive hand-out that covers the changing landscape of Vermont can be obtained at the trailhead. 

The Forest Canopy and McKnight Trails as well as the campus walkways are accessible to wheelchairs. The walkways are paved or compacted gravel and the trails are compacted gravel. All are 6+ feet wide. The McKnight trail ends at an accessible observation platform with views through the forest to the Ottauquechee River.

The most popular exhibit showcases our ambassador non-releasable raptors. VINS also offers extraordinary educational programs and nature camps. Visit the Nature Store for more information. 

Other Information

Note: Visitors must pay for admission.

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

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

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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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.

The forest trails begin near the raptor enclosures.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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