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Moose Bog is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Island Pond, Vermont that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 29 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

This trail was super simple to navigate, having a clear pathing. My family went around 11am, sunny and warm but the perfect amount of shade from the trees. We saw beautiful flowers, birds and butterflies. A snake even came across the trial. I would recommend bringing bug spray considering there were a few horseflies following us. Other than that, this trail is kid and dog friendly and the dock at the end looking out the bog is beautiful.

hiking
bridge out
bugs
over grown
scramble
10 days ago

Across from Moose Bog is the North Branch Trail shown on the Green Mountain Club Northeast Kingdom Hiking trail map. It is stated 3.5 mile loop. No details. In fact from trailhead back it is 4.3 miles and 0.3 to the fork. The western branch is grassy road trail with gullies that breed bugs. We used deep woods DEET applied 4 times on the 3+ hr route taken with 4 and 6 year olds. The west trail had little variety for 1.8 miles but at least wild strawberry the entire way (June). At the top turn around the trail is poorly maintained till you reach the embankment down to the Nulhegan River The River is a variety walk with scrub overgrowth and pine “caverns”. Okay for kids. But the bugs were extremely intense at Riverside Thank goodness for DEET. If you use the trail just go to the river , walk along a bit. Consider a M’achète Then turn around. Not worth the 1.8 not to scenic road trail just for the strawberries!

hiking
bugs
25 days ago

Great easy trail for a quick hike! I finally got to see my first moose in Vermont!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail and lookout! Saw giant beaver and two moose!!! 10/10 would recommend. Just north of the main parking there is a lot off the highway that is still open and a trail head just 1/4 mile away.

hiking
icy
2 months ago

Trail was easy to navigate but very icy. So just be careful or bring your spikes.

hiking
9 months ago

Easy level walk with a rewarding view at the end of the boardwalk.

walking
Tue Sep 11 2018

First things first; The entrance on the current map is incorrect. The entrance is not near The train tracks. you must continue East, pass over The train tracks and you will see a sign for the management area, and a place to park. This is not entirely a "trail". It is mainly a walking path. The path ends at a boardwalk and seating area overlooking the bog. The path is easily accessible for a stroller or wheelchair. There are tighter, longer walking paths that are not suitable for a wheelchair or stroller. Kids can handle it fine. All the trails, and the path, is relatively flat. It obviously gets wet in places if your hiking off the path. Side note - If you pass the parking lot and continue down the dirt road.... it continues around in a C shape, encompassing the management area. It will dead end right before it appears to reach the main road, forcing you to turn back. Rough road. A Wrangler couldn't pass the end. It's a ditch/river, purposely placed boulders and then train tracks with lots of overgrowth and trees. Hope this helps!

walking
Sun Aug 05 2012

Great and easy hike in: straight, flat, very lush, and bug-free. I had seniors and a toddler with me and we all did great. Heads up that the left turn to the bog itself is not marked at all. You will need to take a left just before you arrive at a waist-high boulder in the trail and maybe 100 yards from the end of the trail at the road. (There are several prior left turns that we did not take...but presumably they would lead you to additional view spots.) Once you take the left turn you will go down a short hill and continue on a series of raised wooden planks. Heads up for animal tracks in the mud next to the planks. I saw bear tracks! There are also many pitcher plants. My father, an experienced birder, saw an owl fly over head. Once we arrived at the bog, sadly we did not see much wildlife, save a family of mallards. We were there at midday though. For those who are more interested in the bog than the hike, there is a turn off on the right side of the road (south side, I think) just under a mile before you reach the turn off road for the other trailhead. There is a marker for the Moose Bog Trail, but the sign is hard to spot on 105.

bird watching
Fri Feb 10 2012

A very enjoyable and easy in-and-out trail to Moose Bog that is part of Wenlock WMA in Ferdinand, Vermont in Essex County. The trail length is about 1 mile. Obviously, at the time, there was packed snow on the trail, but I imagine during mud season the trail can be quite treacherous (for footing) and mucky. Great area for wildlife, birding in particular. Winter finches are always finicky depending on how pine cone seed crops are year in, year out. This year has been a banner year for such winter finches as White-winged Crossbills and Pine Siskins. Other notable passersby were Gray Jays, a Black-backed Woodpecker and Red-breasted Nuthatches. We have also had Boreal Chickadees here in the past, and I would imagine Common Redpolls and even Red Crossbills are not out of the realm of possibility this time of year. And of course there is always that off chance of coming across a Spruce Grouse. I can imagine during the spring and summer times this is a good place for breeding warblers (like Blackburnian, Mourning, Tennessee, Bay-breasted and Cape May) as well as other birds like Winter Wrens, various Empidonax flycatchers, Ruffed Grouse and the occasional Ruby-throated Hummingbird. Will have to visit later on this year, for I have only visited Wenlock WMA 3 times (all in the winter) over the past 3 years. I just love how close everything is as you walk through the dense undergrowth of a boreal forest up to a typical bog found in boreal climes! Also check the Nulhegan Subdivision of the Silvo O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge system. The visitor's center for this USFWS parcel is about a mile and half from the eastern end of South America Pond Rd going east on VT Route 105.

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