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Camping Tips & Tricks:
Plan Your Quechee State Park Weekend

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Quechee State Park is known for its proximity to Quechee Gorge, one of Vermont's natural wonders.

The campground has big, shady campsites and there is a lot to do in and around Quechee and Woodstock villages.

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Breakfast, explore the park; pack lunch for the road

Hike Quechee Gorge
(1.5 hours/1.5 mi) No driving necessary, you can pick up the trail to Vermont's deepest gorge right from the campground. This wooded trail includes waterfalls and pools to play in. Trail map and Guide.

Visit Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park and the Billings Farm Museum (2 - 4 hrs) 54 Elm St., Woodstock, VT (802)457-3368. Visit Vermont's only National Park! Learn about the land and its stewardship in a beautiful surrounding with interactive activities. You can check out a family backpack with everything you need to explore trees, art, recreation and wildlife through activities, games, guidebooks and crafts. Or take a self-guided quest with clues and a map. Attend one of many interpretive programs, take a mansion tour or explore a real, working farm. More at Billings Farm & Museum. Have a picnic lunch on park grounds.

Back to camp; relax and play in playground

Dinner, campfire, s'mores, play in campground

Attend an evening park program

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Breakfast in camp

Pack lunches to go, or get food on the road

Break camp, check out of park

Visit the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (1.5 hours) Get up close to eagles, owls, falcons and more. Attend a live raptor show or take a Nature Audio Tours. Special programs every day. More info.

Take a walk to the bridge and see Quechee Gorge from above (1/2 hour)

Visit nearby Silver Lake State Park (2 hours) Silver Lake State Park is a favorite family park. You can take a swim at the sandy beach or play in the state-of-art playground. Rent canoes or kayaks, take a walk along the lake. Have a picnic lunch or grab an easy bite from the park snack bar. Just show your camping tag and get in for free. Also a great place just to sit on the beach and relax a little before the drive home.


Rainy Day Options

Other Options

Quechee Gorge Village
5573 Woodstock Rd., Quechee 05059 (802)295-1550.
Just down the road from the park, you can visit a variety of stores specializing in Vermont products such as Cabot Cheese, Danforth Pewter, Quechee Country Store, The Vermont Toy and Train Exhibit and more.

Visit a glass blowing studio
Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Mill and Pottery Shop 1760 Quechee Main St., Quechee, 05059
Watch glassblowing by expert artisans as they craft world class products.

Go Swimming Indoors
Visit the Woodstock Recreation Center
US Route 4, Woodstock 05091
Go swimming or use the gym for a workout.

Indoor Rock Climbing
Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center
223 Woodstock Ave., Rutland 05701 (802)773-3343

Explore Eshqua Bog Natural Area (1 hour)
Garvin Hill Rd., Hartland 05048
Just minutes from Woodstock, you can explore a fen on an easy one mile trail that includes a 200 ft. boardwalk across the fen. The trail circles eight acres of wetlands and provides unique habitat for orchids, pink lady's slipper, green bog orchids and Labrador tea.

Hike Mt. Peg, Woodstock (2 hours)
Golf Rd., Woodstock 05091.
There are many ways to reach the summit of Mt. Peg, which provides breathtaking views of Mt. Tom, the village of Woodstock and the Ottauquechee River. View a complete map to Woodstock area trails.

Sugarbush Farm (2 hours)
591 Sugarbush Farm Rd., Woodstock, VT 05091 (802)457-1757. Visit this family-owned working farm, savor free samples of Vermont cheeses, take a tour of the sugar house and learn how maple syrup is made, walk a nature trail, make friends with the farm animals and enjoy the views!


More Camping Tips & Tricks:

These fun videos walk you through some important camping skills
Weekend Itineraries
Wondering where to go and what to do? These sample itineraries figure it all out for you
Checklists & Instruction Sheets
What to pack, first aid kits, cooking tips, pets, rain and more!
Menus & Recipes
Seven camp-tested menus with recipes and shopping lists for any appetite
Fun Activities
Here we give you some ideas of fun things to do on your next camping trip
iPhone & Android Apps
Download one of our free smart phone apps to find parks for the activities you want to do
Park Events
All summer you can attend free concerts, nature and interpretive programs in the parks, see our schedule.


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