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Eshqua Bog Natural Area is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Woodstock, 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 March until November.

Length 0.5 mi Elevation gain 42 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Eshqua Bog is a botanical wonderland of cold-climate holdovers--small pockets of bog plant species and a two acre fen--from the post-glacial era 10,000 years ago. This preserve contains a diverse array of bog and fen plants: labrador tea, cotton grass, pitcher plants, showy lady's slippers, larches and buckbean. In springtime, this tiny 40.8-acre preserve, circling the mere speck of an 8-acre bog, bursts forth with color, texture, shapes and scents. Most stunning are the wild orchids. Hundreds of showy lady’s slippers, along with lesser populations of small yellow lady’s slippers, dot the wetland. The somewhat more common pink lady’s slipper abounds here too, along with the northern green orchids and white bog orchids.

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

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graham robinson
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it was hot and did the full trail

Bill Doaner
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Hiking

A pretty, short, hike that has a boardwalk with beautiful lady slippers on the side of it! No bugs!

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Jennifer Robinson
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Hiking

Great short hike. The boardwalk was great. My daughter loved that some plants were labeled so we could check them out. Great little finds along the way. We can wait to go back at the end of the month to see the flowers bloom.

Lena Rogers
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Walking

The trail is lovely. Easy walkway and easy trail on either side of the walkway. Very beautiful and remote area. The road to the trail could be better managed. UPDATED in 2020 - road is better than it was a year ago

Amy Pandolfi
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Nature trips

As an fyi- there are no signs along the dirt road telling you there's a bog. No cell service either, if traveling via google maps. This is the most woodsy bog I've been to so far. The nicest thing were the labels sticking up from the ground identifying ferns, flowers, etc. I went here after hiking Faulkner Trail, and it's a nice place for exploring. Looks very accessible if handicapped, for the boardwalk portion.

B Salls
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Beautiful easy walk.

Steve Kaplan
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Very easy trail. More like a 20 minute walk. The bog is very pretty with lots of dragonflies and butterflies. A good detour if you are driving between Woodstock and Hartland with little kids.

Stewart Stryker
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This is a beautiful spot for viewing flowering plants in the bog. It's a very short walk but if you time it right the ladyslippers will be in bloom, some time between Memorial Day and July 4th. The boardwalks can be slippery when wet. Best light from r photography would be mid-morning and mid-afternoon, when the light isn't directly overhead. Trail can be wet, it is a bog afterall. Great for families and seniors (who still have good balance).

Stewart Stryker
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Walking
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Bogs are usually just overly-dense swamps, but during the summer, this bog shows a lot of natural beauty packed into a 100' boardwalk. Early-Late June brings more Ladyslippers than you're likely to see in one spot anywhere. Yellows come up first, then pink about 3 weeks later - just gorgeous. Other flowering perennials come and go through the summer. Dogs don't fit in well on the boardwalks here; definitely keep them on leash for that section. After the boardwalk, let them get muddy where the flowers aren't. This is very short and just a little tricky to get started, but well-worth it. Please sign in at the log book. Parking is just past the entrance sign, bare minimum.

Don Kaffen
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Hiking
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Doug Anton
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Hiking
Dianne Swinyer
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Hiking
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Molly Conner
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Shannon Messina Papadopoulos
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Hiking
Toni Flanders
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Amber H.
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Brantley Eargle
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Kali Naugle
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