Nature and Wildlife

Vermont's Northeast Kingdom is home to an abundance of wildlife such as loons, bald eagles, moose, deer, osprey, hawks, cedar waxwings, and others. It's easy to get close to nature here - simply take a walk on one of our many well-blazed trail networks, meander through one of our state parks, forests, or wildlife managment areas, or paddle on one of the many rivers, lakes and ponds.

Our Hiking Map makes a wonderful companion for those wishing to view wildlife on their visit to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Order your FREE copy of our Northeast Kingdom Hiking Map.

Visit our Interactive Map for self guided Nature & Environmental tours.

Visit our Geotourism Escapes for some great lodging deals that include guided nature hikes, paddles and more adventures!

NorthWoods Stewardship Center in East Charleston can take you on a guided, moonlit canoe tour or keep your kids active with their day camps. Winter fun includes snowshoeing, cross country skiing, tracking, and sledding. Summer camps for a variety of ages include canoeing, swimming, hiking, ropes courses, fishing, archery and more. For a list of events going on at Northwoods this year, please visit our Events Calendar.



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  Northeast Kingdom Audubon Society St. Johnsbury
NEK Audubon is a Vermont chapter of the National Audubon Society.
1302 Main Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

802-626-9071





  Montpelier Wells River Rail Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Montpelier Wells River Rail Trail is an excellent place for walking, bicycling or horseback riding.

Groton, VT





  Hazen's Notch Association Montgomery
HNA maintains miles of trails for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. They are also the Welcome Center for the area.
1423 Hazen's Notch Road
Montgomery, VT 05471

802-326-4799





  Northwoods Stewardship Center East Charleston
The Northwoods Stewardship Center offers a wide variety of community programs, from live music to snowshoe excursions or guided canoe paddles. Visit our website for full program & event listings.
154 Leadership Drive
East Charleston, VT 05833





  Kettle Pond State Park Marshfield
The campground has 47 tent/trailer sites and 14 lean-tos. There is a play area and access to miles of hiking trails.
4239 VT Rte 232
Marshfield, VT 05658





  Loon Trail - Maidstone State Forest Maidstone
The Loon Trail is about 1/2 mile long and goes through lush, mossy woods along the shoreline to the south end of the lake.

Maidstone, VT





  Mount Pisgah North Trail Westmore
Breathtaking views await you at the Summit of Mount Pisgah. Elevation 2751 feet.

Westmore, VT





  Maidstone State Park/Maidstone Lake Guildhall
Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's state parks and still retains much of the wilderness character of the NEK.
R1, Box 388
Guildhall, VT 05905

802-676-3930





  Long Pond Natural Area - The Nature Conservancy Greensboro
The Nature Conservancy manages 1,500 feet of shoreline around this remote pond surrounded by a softwood and hardwood forest.

Greensboro, VT





  Haystack Mountain Westmore
Haystack Mountain is appropriately named for its abrupt sides that climb steeply from all directions.

Westmore, VT





  Little Averill Lake Natural Area - The Nature Conservancy Averill
Managed by the Vermont Nature Conservancy, the lake is a perfect place for a paddling trip.

Averill, VT





  Craftsbury Outdoor Center Craftsbury Common
A non-profit focusing on lifelong sport, sustainability and conservation, with accommodations for up to 90 guests at our lakeside campus.
535 Lost Nation Rd
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827

802-586-7767
stay@craftsbury.com





  Willoughby Lake Westmore
Public beaches at the north and south ends with restrooms, excellent boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing.

Westmore, VT 05860





  Barr Hill - The Nature Conservancy Greensboro
Their mission is to preserve & protect the plants, animals, & natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth.

Greensboro, VT

802-229-4425
vermont@tnc.org





  Mad Brook Trail/Bald Mountain Westmore
The summit of Bald Mountain offers some of the best views of the region.

Westmore, VT





  Wheeler Mountain Trail Barton
The main trail offers several scenic opportunities from open rock areas and an especially grand view of Lake Willoughby.

Barton, VT





  Hosmer Brook Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
This moderate 1.3 mile trail winds through woods and along a quiet stream and features some rocky sections.

Groton, VT





  Vermont Reindeer Farm West Charleston
We own the Vermont Reindeer Farm here in West Charleston, VT. We have the only reindeer in the State of Vermont! We open our farm to the public on selected days throughout the year. We have many seasonal activities to do when visiting the farm. Activities include feeding and petting the many farm animals, nature trail, craft center, games, snowshoeing in the winter, Christmas events, Fall Festival (October.) Our gift shop includes "reindeer" items an dour own homemade bath and body products!
3108 Chilafoux Road
West Charleston, VT 05860

802-754-9583
jpbroe@gmail.com





  Mount Pisgah South Trail Westmore
Breathtaking views of Willoughby Lake and surrounding mountains await you at the summit of Mount Pisgah. Elevation 2751 Feet.

Westmore, VT





  Jay Peak - The Long Trail Jay
Part of the 270 mile Long Trail is America's oldest long-distance hiking path, stretching along the spine of the Green Mountains

Jay, VT





  Moose Mountain Trail Barton
From the overlooks of this trail there are partial views of the northern range of the Green Mountains and Lake Willoughby.

Barton, VT





  Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area Victory
Here you can spot bear, moose, beavers, birds and more. Hunting and fishing are also allowed.

Victory, VT





  Hardwick Trails Hardwick
Hardwick Trails winds 10 K (6.4 miles) through mixed northern forest as a 4-season, non-motorized trail.

Hardwick, VT 05843





  Westmore Town Forest Westmore
This area contains a spectacular bog with many unique plants and a beaver pond.

Westmore, VT





  Brighton State Park Island Pond
The primary attraction of this general area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, rivers and streams.
102 State Park Road
Island Pond, VT 05846

802-723-4360





  Mount Pisgah East Trail Westmore
Elevation is 900 feet for this trail which connects to the Mount Pisgah trail.

Westmore, VT





  Long Pond Trail/Bald Mountain Westmore
One of the best views of the region is to be found at the summit of Bald Mountain.

Westmore, VT





  Brousseau Mountain Norton
Brousseau Mountain is one of the few nesting sites for Peregrine Falcons.

Norton, VT





  Little Deer Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
This .5 mile trail offers good views of Lake Groton and the surrounding mountains.

Groton, VT





  Wheeler Pond Trail Barton
A walk in the woods, half mile trail that goes around the south end of the pond.

Barton, VT





  Monadnock Mountain Lemington
Monadnock Mountain rises steeply above the Connecticut River and provides a unique view of the North Country.

Lemington, VT





  Silver Ledge Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The 0.6 mile Silver Ledge Trail rewards you with views of Lake Groton and Beaver Meadows.

Groton, VT





  Ricker Pond State Park Groton
Nestled in Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park sits below the hustle and bustle of Lake Groton.
18 Ricker Pond Camp Ground Road
Groton, VT 05046





  Gore Mountain Trail Norton
This trail offers an exciting backcountry experience through beaver ponds, meadows, logging roads and steep granite bedrock.

Norton, VT





  Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Brunswick
The Nulhegan Basin Division, part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, was established to protect the diversity and abundance of native species within the 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River watershed.
5360 Rte. 105
Brunswick, VT 05905

802-962-5240