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Quechee Gorge Dewey Pond Trail is a 1.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hartford, Vermont that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 154 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

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Getting There

This is a flat and scenic out-and-back walk that starts in the parking lot of Dewey’s Mills Pond and begins on a strip of land between the pond and the Ottauquechee River, ending at the Ottauquechee Dam and Waterfalls. If you choose to keep walking straight ahead beyond the dam toward the Quechee Gorge Bridge, the trail begins to climb and becomes a little more rugged. The trail starts behind a gate just past the boat launch at the Dewey’s Mills Pond parking lot. Restrooms are available at the picnic area just beyond the dam, as are benches to rest on. Both the pond and the Ottauquechee River are full of life, so enjoy the wonderful walk!

Directions: Travel about 3 miles on Route 4 from exit 12 from I-89 toward Woodstock. Turn right onto Dewey’s Mills Road after a group of restaurants and shops. This is the last road before Route 4 crosses the Ottauquechee River. At the end of this road turn left on Quehcee Main Street toward Quechee, and then take an immediate left into the Dewey’s Mills Pond parking lot just before the Quechee Inn at Marshland Famr. The ditance from Route 4 is approximately 1 mile. A sign reads “Deweys Landing”.

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Bill Doaner
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Hiking

A nice walk in the shade along the river with plenty of places to jump in for a swim.

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Tom A
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Hiking

Really good trail for a short hike, stroller accessible and nice swimming hole at bottom.

Anna T
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Hiking

Great scenic trail for a short hike. It’s perfect for families. Bring a towel if you want to dip your feet in the water at the end of the gorge.

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Dillon Owens
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HikingMuddy

Nice easy hike with the kids!

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Chris Parks
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Kimberly Bacher
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Hiking

Nice little walk in the woods. Nice views. Bathroom. Love Quechee.

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Rita de Cássia
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Hiking

Way too much traffic. My daughter and I enjoyed it but wouldn’t return. Pretty view of the gorge.

Matthew Searle
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Ryan Delena
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Diane Bramer Esposito
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Hiking

A nice place to walk and see the Gorge. The north end has the dam and the south a nice swimming area. You can access the trail from the stairs on the NE side of the bridge or from the visitors center.

Lara Bottger
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It’s a short walk and worthwhile doing to see and smell all the wild flowers.

Alvah Stone
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Hiking

As mentioned, the main part of the trail is really a dirt/gravel walkway from the highway to get down to the more open section of the river where it is not always filled with much water. It's a nice little half mile or so walk downhill then back up but it's a minor uphill climb.

Jason Brevic
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Walking

More of a walk to a view than a hike, but I'm no worse for the effort. Certainly a nice view from the opposite perspective looking up.

Robert Perez
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Not a very scenic hike down but the view at the base of the gorge is very nice. Be very careful down there due to fast currents and the dam upstream can let out water with no warning. Very tiring hike up, nothing special.

Gordon User
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The trail map outlined here is actually the Quechee Gorge Trail that leads down stream (not flat and steep in some sections). To get to Dewey Pond start on this trail, but once you get to the "T" at the highway bridge you should take a right to head upstream to the pond. Both are great hikes with beautiful views around every bend.

Eli Shear-Baggish
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Hiking

Fairly easy hike, the gorge is pretty interesting, it’s known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-89.

Paul Nasi
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Hiking

Nice scenery. Beautiful colors. Not much of a hike though.

Kate Haase
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Easy walk with some lovely views.

Jeff Stevens
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As advertised, a beautiful walk along the gorge with some beautiful scenery, swimming, and family activities all around.

Ryan Delena
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Walking

More of a walk than a hike, the gorge is very easy to get to. The views from the bottom up the gorge are beautiful and make for a great picture. This is a great spot for swimming and there are a number of rocks to jump off. If your looking for a bit of an adventure, climb upstream on the rocks and jump into the current. You can ride the current back downstream to where you started. This is pretty safe and the water doesn't move too fast. You can also walk up to the bridge and get a birds eye view of the gorge.

Magic Mark
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Hiking

I've seen the view from the top of the bridge many times, but nothing compares to up close on the trail down below! We started from Quechee Gorge State Park, walked down a fairly moderate decline, then a fence. Turn left to the rivers edge and large flat rocks. Turn right, and it's a short and beautiful walk towards the underside of the bridge and the visitor center. Continue under bridge to Dewey Mill Pond. You won't be disappointed. Covered the entire trail in 3 hours.

Logan Decker
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Hiking

I'm not from around here, so much m not sure if the water level is higher than it was when this "loop" was recorded. As of today, definitely NOT a loop. When you get to the northern side you either turn back or try to turn it into a loop by walking along blind, winding roads with a very narrow shoulder. Or, walk through what I'm fairly certain is several lots of private property. Treat it as an out and back and you'll likely have a much better experience.

Nick Wilders
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Hiking

Easy hike with only a bit if incline, very accessible and some lovely views. Great for families!

Cathy Cathy Kendall
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not very pretty. lots of people use it, though.

Wendy Spillane
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Walking

Nice trail. Wide and flat. Some steep hills. Easy walk. Beautiful views.

Jan Fletch
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Sol Pitarque
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