We decided to finish off our summer travel as far north as possible. Quechee VT caught our eye. We stayed at the Quechee State Park Campground to explore the Quechee Gorge and the nearby covered bridges. We found everything we had hoped for – scenery, hiking, cooler weather, and maple creemees!
Quechee State Park
The state park was the perfect place for a base camp just minutes from the small town of Quechee. The town had a nice grocery store, Jake’s Quechee Market, where we found everything we needed. All the big box shops were 10 minutes east of the state park in New Hampshire.
The campground was heavily shaded and very peaceful. There were no electric or water hookups and we wondered if our battery system would last all week – it did (barely)!
We took advantage of the cool nights to cook out on the campfire.
The day we arrived at the park the trails were closed due to the recent flooding in the area. We were so disappointed. Luckily, during our stay most of the trails reopened. We hiked the Gorge trail and enjoyed the wildlife along the path.
The views of the gorge were best from the bridge.
The Gorge was formed from glacial activity over 13,000 years ago. The rapidly flowing Ottauquechee River runs through the Gorge for miles.
We found two covered bridges in the area that cross the Ottauquechee River. Both bridges reminded us of earlier times. We enjoyed the park setting of the Quechee Covered Bridge.
A few miles west of the town we found the Taftsville Covered Bridge.
One of our favorite stops in the nearby town of Woodstock was Abracadabra Coffee. They roast on-site in their farmhouse nestled in the mountains.
We loved the vibe. Inside of the farmhouse there is an espresso bar in a vintage camper! We enjoyed excellent coffee and maple creemees.
The coffee shop is very near the Appalachian Trail making it a great stopover for hikers. Go early and go often (we did) – they close at 2:00 p.m.
We also spent a day at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS). The VINS Nature Center is a must-see if you visit the area. More on VINS in the next post…