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Chickering Bog Nature Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Calais, Vermont that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 187 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Just 15 minutes from Vermont's state capitol of Montpelier, this wide-open peatland, circled by dark tamarack, spruce and fir forest, feels as if it is a world away. Chickering Bog began to form when glaciers receded from Vermont over 10,000 years ago and left behind a bedrock basin that filled with water. Chickering Bog is actually misnamed; this so-called bog is really a fen. Water enters bogs solely through rainwater, while fens like Chickering Bog are also fed by calcium-rich groundwater and springs. A one mile trail and boardwalk passes through a second growth mixed conifer/broadleaved forest before reaching the fen boardwalk which allows visitors to get close to the myriad of fen plants such as blue flag iris and showy lady's slipper orchids, as well as to wildlife. Bullfrogs, pickerel frogs, northern leopard frogs and wood frogs all strike up their choruses in season. Wood ducks, barred owls, pileated woodpeckers, swamp sparrows and other birds are found here. In winter, the tracks of mammals ranging from fishers to white-tailed deer and snowshoe hares crisscross the fen's frozen surface. With the help of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps the boardwalk was reconstructed in 2006 to provide an unobstructed view of the fen and wetland plants by allowing visitors to walk out over the wetland without disturbing it.

The Nature Conservancy: Montpelier Office 575 Stone Cutters Way Montpelier, VT 05602 lmcnamara@tnc.org

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Crystal Peterson
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Hiking

Great trail, clearly marked.

Stephanie Westney
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HikingBugsMuddy

nice hike

Craig Calkins
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Snowshoeing

Nice Sat. afternoon outing. Well marked trail to walkway out to the standing water part of the bog. Did the loop trail around the bog. Never once could identify any sign of a trail, but might be obvious without snow.

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Katie Burt
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Hiking

Beautiful and easy walk. We ended up also taking Spur trail accidentally and ended out on Chickering Bog trail.

Rebecca Baldwin
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Hiking

Very easy, pleasant walk

Garrett Grant
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Hiking

I really liked this trail. If you’re looking to hear the sounds of nature, this is your type of walk. Signage was easy to follow and trail was relatively flat, so good for a casual walk.

Trisha Falardeau
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Walking

This trail has so much potential!!! Unfortunately there are so many downed trees and the trail is poorly marked that I had to turn around.

Doug A.
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Luke Airoldi
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Caroline G.
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Anne-Marie M.
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Doug A.
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Patrick Mcneely
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Djou Bou
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Celeste E
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