West Haven, Vermont 05743
Cogman Road is just over a mile in length from the intersections of Book Road and Ghost Hollow Road so it is an easy, level walk (although sometimes very muddy in spring). When it is extremely muddy or snowy/icy, Cogman Road is gated. If this is the case, it is still walkable (park at the intersection of Book Road and Cogman Road as Cogman Road is not accessible from the Ghost Hollow Road intersection when the gate is up).
Ghost Hollow Road is best birded by car, stopping to listen and walk short distances. The fields near the intersection of Ghost Hollow Road and Cogman Road are not terribly productive depending on the crop planted each year although some sparrows feed along the road edges and Bobolinks are present if the fields are planted for hay. Further north on Ghost Hollow is mixed shrub/field habitat where Golden-winged and Blue-winged warblers and their hybrids can be found along with other species listed below.
Cogman Road: Great Crested Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Orchard Oriole, Louisiana Waterthrush
Ghost Hollow Road: Savannah Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Prairie Warbler, Golden-winged, and Blue-winged Warbler and hybrids, Indigo Bunting
Keep an eye out along both roads in winter for Snow Buntings and Rough-legged Hawks.
Cogman Road can be reached by driving south on Book Road from the intersection with Main Road in West Haven or by driving south on Ghost Hollow Road from the intersection with Main Road.
Coggman Pond is at the intersection of Cogman and Ghost Hollow roads.
It is possible to reach Ward Marsh WMA and the Buckner Preserve from Bay Road which intersects with Cogman and Ghost Hollow roads, but caution should be used as it sometimes requires four-wheel drive or is not passable at all, especially in spring.
Restrooms on site
Wheelchair accessible trail
Content from Susan Elliott