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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge

EASY 15 reviews

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Swanton, Vermont that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, bird watching, and canoeing and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

river

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
bridge out
bugs
off trail
over grown
7 hours ago

This is the “Jeep Trail” on the Missisquoi Refuge trail map (there are 5 marked trails on the map). Visited 8/20/19: The trail has not been maintained for the season, and there are signs warning that downed trees abound and hiking is at your own risk. I accepted this going in, and am happy that I went. I still enjoyed it, though I would warn anyone contemplating this hike to take the warnings seriously. I had to go over/under two large downed trees, and the majority of the trail was overgrown and riddled with branches and smaller downed trees. Shortly (maybe 1/4 mile or so) past the sign that says “3,” which I believe is towards the end of the trail, I was unable to locate an actual trail, and there did not seem to be a useable path to continue, so I turned around. Based on my GPS and the trail map, my best guess is that there was around 1/3 or 1/2 of a mile left. Pros: 1. Wildlife (osprey, white tailed dear, great egret, great blue heron, wood ducks, Baltimore orioles, red-winged blackbirds, goldfinch (or possibly warblers—didn’t get a good look), lots of butterflies and non-bothersome insects, etc. 2. Wildflowers during the first 1-2 miles or so. Very nice variety, and not a ton of invasives. 3. Despite everything being overgrown, I didn’t encounter much poison ivy. 4. Mostly free of trash, with a few exceptions - including one hypodermic needle. Cons: 1. Not currently maintained, at least for the season, but they made this clear at the visitor’s center, and with signs at the trailhead. 2. Parts were very buggy, though 40% Deet kept me entirely free of bites. 3. There was that one discarded needle...hopefully an outlier. Tips: Wear long pants/socks (even if it’s hot out), use bug spray, go with a friend or at least make sure someone knows where you’re going. Would be easy to roll an ankle on a downed branch.

paddle sports
19 days ago

With Denny Linda Wayne Theresa Karen and Al

11 months ago

The picture refers to the Jeep Trail which follows the Mississquoi delta north along the riverside. The trail itself is straight and not so interesting, through forest and tall grass. But there is always a chance to see wildlife feeding along the shoreline. We saw white-tailed deer, wading blue heron, and osprey (the reserve has a special rehabilitation program for them.) Check in at the well maintained welcome center on Tabor rd. to get a map of the five trails offered in the park. They are very helpful.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Nice trail to walk with kids. Saw lots of turtles.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Closed to for waking from April 1 to July 31

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Flat gravel bike trail or old railroad bed that follows the river. 2nd part of the trail out to the estuary was closed and overgrown. Hot midday. No loop. Out and back. There are several trails in the missisquoi valley system. This listing is misleading as it only describes one of them.

hiking
Saturday, April 02, 2016

this trail is very pretty. It is a nice walk that is very flat, but scenic. there is one area that has a lot of dragonflies in the summer. good for jogging strollers and kids of any age.

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