Explore the most popular birding trails near Woodstock with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Trail was good- perfect distance for a short hike. Not too rocky- was able to hike just fine with baby on my back. Hiked on cloudy day so we couldn’t see the view. Trail was on nice dirt road easy to find big enough parking pull off.

Great loop, did not see another soul on a cloudy but peaceful day. The overlooks off the beaten path are worth a detour off the carriage trails. The pond and spring pastures are beautiful. Great 4-5 mile hike.

backpacking
23 days ago

The view at the top is closed in, meaning there is on a narrow gap at the top of the mountain, which limits the view.

hiking
30 days ago

Great hike. Nice cabin and lookout rooftop deck. Partially on AT.

1 month ago

super beautiful. if you take the left side first it's a bit tricky with navigation of the trails, but completely worth it. the pond is incredible, a wonderful 4+ mile trail run. be sure to check out the raptor refuge nature center VIN, on your way in, or after your hike, it's filled with Hawks Owls and Eagles.

Great easy hike. Stunning views from the top. Well worth it!

Very nice wide , well maintained trail , not too busy !
Great pond for clean dog swimming .
Dogs are “ supposed “ to be on a leash but we only leashed ours when people came. We walked a big loop and it took about 2 h

Excellent trails, pretty busy but wide paths. Great place to take dogs walking!

Nice easy trail..

on Faulkner Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Nice views of the Woodstock valley on the well maintained switchback trails leading up from Faulkner Park. Last few hundred feet near the South view are more “trail like” and steeper than the switchbacks. Please be aware that the loop trail shown on the map includes a descent on the Precipice trail, a much steeper and much more difficult route, especially for seniors with less flexibility. The Precipice does have a convenient cable hand rail system that makes this scramble a lot easier, but it could present a significant challenge in wetter conditions. If it’s a leisurely stroll to some gorgeous views you’re after, take the switch back (Faulkner Trail) back down.

Great low key hike. Kid friendly!

Hiked Faulkner Trail up to Mount Tom on Earth Day (April 22) and it was a perfect sunny Spring day. Trail is easy to find from Faulkner Park - across from Woodstock Inn there is a covered bridge on Mountain Ave, go over that and across River street to follow the curve to Faulkner Park and then begin the hike on the pavement next to a stone wall. Trail is well marked and the switchbacks make the assent easier. Starts to get a little rocky half way up but the hardest part is close to the top where it gets narrow, a little steep and more technical but that does not go on for long. Nice views. It would be lovely later in the spring and in the fall. You can extend the hike by heading further to the Pogue or any number of other trail options. If just doing the climb to Mount Tom and back probably a few hours at a leisurely pace with stops to enjoy the views.

8 months ago

Nice hike although top was closed so improvised a loop trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Just perfect.

Very easy hike.

The reward for walking to the top of the hill is the pond where you can stroll completely around the water and enjoy the mirrored reflections. Return the way you entered.

hiking
11 months ago

Easier hike with stunning payoff. One of my local favorites.

hiking
11 months ago

Took Faulkner up and Precipice down. Faulkner is well-marked, great for novices. Pretty view of the valley from the top. Lots of traffic, including some school groups. Precipice was less trafficked. A bit narrow at points (hence precipice), but not scary or needing special equipment since there is informal railing along the way. A solid, quick, and easily accessible hike.

11 months ago

Couple tough spots for dogs but overall nice

From Prosper Rd past the Pogue to Marsh Billings estate. 2 hours. Easy gravel path to a moderate trail. Very nice and ends on the estate which is beautiful. I recommend picking up the Marsh Billings trail map at the Prosper Rd parking area or on the estate, as there are a network of trails in this park so you don't need to stick to the prescribed trail map.

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A lovely hike, a short drive from Woodstock. Trail is relatively wide, and well kept. It's like walking on a dry riverbed, unless you're a moron like me and hike it the day after a big storm. Then, you need good shoes and poles because it's super slippery. Either way, the view from atop the shelter is outstanding.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

I if you follow directions on the way back you have to go through tough trail. A lot of fun though.

hiking
Friday, August 11, 2017

This trail is very entertaining to hike. Lots of interesting spots, and great woods for photography. If I lived in the area I would definitely go again, I bet its amazing in the fall.

nature trips
Friday, August 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Great dirt road and trail combination hiking! Beautiful scenery. Pinnacle trail down to base rocky, narrow and great challenge as we train with packs for LT.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Such a beautiful hike! You park across from the Billings Farm and museum. Then walk towards Rte. 12, cross in the cross walk and that will bring you to the "trailhead". The trail is a small dirt road so it's super kid friendly. There are some beautiful views of fields on the way up, little benches for resting and it's very clearly marked whether you are going to the South Peak (the view down into Woodstock), the pogue or any other off-shoot of a trail. Just a heads up that dogs (and humans) are not permitted to swim in the water.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Easy hike with lots of good scenery. My 3 year old was able to do the entire hike with no problems.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

A great trail with lots of options for duration and difficulty level. It gets a little steep near the peak, but there are handrails. You'll see quite a bit of traffic on a Saturday or Sunday but everyone is friendly and the trails are wide. My dog loved it (there were lots of dogs on the trail), but she really loved the ice cream at the White Cottage Snack Bar down the road.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Started at the Faulkner Trail and then linked Mount Tom Road to the Pogue. Amazingly beautiful! We took the Mountain Road back to the Visitors Center and clocked just under six miles. Highly recommend this hike.

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