Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail

Woodstock, Vermont

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Formally known as a small ski area, Mount Tom is hardly a dominant peak in the state, yet it is a Vermont landmark for its historical significance. Laurance S. Rockefeller was third in a series of pioneers in American land conservation and forest stewardship to own the Marsh-Billings estate, located at the base of Mount Tom. Generations of the Marsh and Billings families left a legacy of trails and carriage roads connecting the Estate’s many gardens and forest plantations. Rockefeller purchased the small ski area on Mount Tom’s northeastern side, and owned other properties in Woodstock, including the Woodstock Inn, which he upgraded into a resort. In 1992, Rockefeller and his wife Mary, a Billings heir, gifted the mansion and the 550-acre forest behind it to the United States government. In 1998, the estate became the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the only national park to focus on conservation history and land stewardship in America.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont

by Lisa Densmore (The Mountaineers Books)

Formally known as a small ski area, Mount Tom is hardly a dominant peak in the state, yet it is a Vermont landmark for its historical significance. Laurance S. Rockefeller was third in a series of pioneers in American land conservation and forest stewardship to own the Marsh-Billings estate, located at the base of Mount Tom. Generations of the Marsh and Billings families left a legacy of trails and carriage roads connecting the Estate’s many gardens and forest plantations.

Rockefeller purchased the small ski area on Mount Tom’s northeastern side, and owned other properties in Woodstock, including the Woodstock Inn, which he upgraded into a resort. In 1992, Rockefeller and his wife Mary, a Billings heir, gifted the mansion and the 550-acre forest behind it to the United States government. In 1998, the estate became the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, the only national park to focus on conservation history and land stewardship in America.

© 2005 Lisa Densmore/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Woodstock
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Local Maps: USGS Woodstock North
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail

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