Fox Stand (Royalton Hill Rd. bridge)

Fox Stand (Royalton Hill Rd. bridge)

Royalton Hill Road Bethel, Vermont 05032

Tips for Birding

Birding can be good in the brushy areas east of the river during migration. Waterfowl and shorebirds may be in the river when the water levels are low. The fields and gardens west of the river are accessible to well-behaved birders. Sparrows, larks, pipits, snow buntings, and longspurs can be found in season. A substantial Turkey Vulture roost on the north side of the river can often be seen getting off the roost mid-morning. Spring and fall are the most productive seasons here. Vermont’s first Little Egret was found here in the company of Snowy Egrets in 2021. Other recent sightings have included Blue Grosbeak, LeConte's Sparrow, and Nelson's Sparrow.

About this Location

Fox Stand is a historic multipurpose commercial and residential building on VT-14 near the junction with Royalton Hill Road and the bridge over the White River. Built in 1814, it served as a tavern and traveler accommodation on the turnpike (now VT-14) that ran along the north bank of the White River. It has been adaptively reused in a variety of configurations. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015 as a particularly fine example of a Federal period tavern.

This area is a mix of public access and private farmland on the White River in Royalton. There are several parking options on Royalton Hill Road on either side of the bridge. Walking alongside the river, on the roads, and judicious use of the fields are tolerated. Do not walk on the vegetables! There is a farm stand open much of the year for the purchase of produce from the farm. Do not park at the farm stand for birding; use one of the several public parking areas instead.


  • Roadside viewing

  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Kyle Jones and Wikipedia

Last updated February 14, 2024