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Vermont Hiking Trails

The Pogue Loop (3 miles)

High sun reflected in the pond The forested slopes of Mount Tom are one of the oldest managed woodlands in America. In 1869, Frederick Billings purchased the boyhood home of conservationist George Perkins Marsh, one of the nation's first global environmental thinkers and author of Man and Nature. Inspired by Marsh's writings, Billings developed a model farm and forest and created a carriage road system that was as beautiful as it was useful. Drawing upon European forestry literature, Billings planted trees by the thousands and rejuvenated the hillsides of Mount Tom. In 1992, Frederick Billing's grandaughter, Mary French Rockefeller, and her husband Laurance, gifted the mansion and forest to the National Park Service to establish the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. The Park tells the story of conservation history, the evolution of land stewardship, and the emergence of a conservation ethic. The Park continues the tradition of sustainable forest management and has recieved Forest Stewardship Council certification—the first for any National Park.

The Hike: Starting from the Prosper Road trailhead gives you a chance to explore the western slopes of Mount Tom. From the trailhead (see map), take the McKenzie Farm Trail just past the kiosk to McKenzie carriage road. Follow McKenzie Rd to the North Ridge loop and take a right. It will run into Mountain Road. Take a right on Mountain Road for a short distance. Take a right at intersection with the Pogue loop road to circle the Pogue. When you come to Mountain Road, you can stay on the Pogue loop road, complete the loop, and return the way you came, or take a right on Mountain Road until it runs into Mt. Tom road. Take Mt. Tom road to the right and it will lead you to the overlook at South Peak.

Getting There: Prosper Road runs between Route 4 and Route 12 about a mile west of Woodstock. There is ample parking at the trailhead.

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