Williams Woods Natural Area
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From Route 7 south, turn right at the stop light in Charlotte at Ferry Road, which is also called F-5. Drive 0.3 mile to the stop sign. Turn left onto Greenbush Road. Drive two miles then turn left to stay on Greenbush Road. Be careful at this intersection. (If you come to a railroad crossing, you’ve mistakenly turned off onto Thomsons Point Road.) Travel approximately one mile further on Greenbush until you come to a green Williams Woods sign and the parking area on the right.
From the parking area, follow the yellow trail markers across two low bridges to the 1-mile loop trail in the heart of the preserve.
Williams Woods may be the best remaining mature valley clayplain forest in the Champlain Valley. This forest type is composed of white oak, red oak, red maple, white pine, shagbark hickory and white ash. Associated species include hemlock, sugar maple, beech and bur oak. Although this forest type once covered thousands of acres in the Champlain Valley, woodlands like these are now rare.
Recently we named the 1-mile trail at William Woods the "Hamilton Trail," after our long serving trustee, Dr. Lawrence S. Hamilton, who passed in the fall of 2016. His contributions to the conservation arena are too many to list but his impact as a professor, writer, nature advocate, community member and friend made an indelible impact both locally and globally.
Charlotte Trails Committee
The Nature Conservancy: Montpelier Office
575 Stone Cutters Way
Montpelier, VT 05602
Check for nearby geocaches to Williams Woods Natural Area.
Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know how to choose and use your gear for each trip, factoring in the terrain and conditions.