Ottauquechee River Trail

Ottauquechee River Trail

Woodstock, Vermont 05091

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East End Park provides access to the Ottaquechee River from US-4 in Woodstock.
From Jim Block

About this Location

The Ottauquechee River Trail is a mostly flat easy hike leading you through a beautiful riparian ecosystem. The path follows the riverbank, skirting beautiful fields on a mowed edge, and provides several river viewpoints before returning through lovely wooded areas and fields. Enjoy the flora, fauna, and mountain scenery, and don’t forget to look down as well. Parts of the trail follow the old railroad bed, laid 150 years ago, to transport passengers, freight, and goods between Woodstock and White River Junction.

The trail not only provides views of the Ottauquechee River but also across the river of the Billings Farm & Museum’s pastoral grounds and other historic mansions and fields on River Road, the primary 19th-century roadway into Woodstock. As you walk the wide, flat trail it follows the meandering path of the river with stunning perspectives of Mt Peg and Mt Tom impossible to find anywhere else in Woodstock.

The trail was created as a true community initiative thanks to Tom Weschler leading a large and committed team of volunteers. Construction was primarily funded by the Woodstock Economic Development Commission with professional leadership, expertise, tools, and labor provided by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance. In addition to the support of the Town of Woodstock, ongoing partnerships with the Woodstock Corporation and other local landowners are critical to the sustainability of the trail.

With our landowners and the environment in mind, please stay on the trail, keep your pets on a leash and leave no trace (including picking up dog waste, and carrying out everything that you carry in). Please keep in mind that there are no public bathrooms at East End Park or on the trail, and the only trash and recycling is in the parking area.

Please also visit the rest of the Historic Village of Woodstock and its many wonderful shops and restaurants. You are also only minutes away from Billings Farm and Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park where you can experience more natural beauty and find out about how Woodstock inspired some of our country’s most influential conservationists and environmentalists.

Also, please be sure to take advantage of the beautiful East End Park which is located at the trailhead. This public park has several beautiful stone features, including a labyrinth, an amphitheater, and some large climbing stones leading up to a slide. The park is beautifully landscaped and has many picnic tables with views of the river, surrounding hills, and the fields.

Notable Trails

The TrailFinder website has a description and map of a hike using the Ottauquechee River Trail.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website and Maine TrailFinder website

Last updated January 11, 2024