Robert Frost Interpretive Trail

Ripton, Vermont

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The poet Robert Frost drank in inspiration from the woods, rivers, and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. Whether it be the white, supple branches of a bending birch or swift, flowing waters of a frigid river, the images found in the words of a Frost poem can be seen from the short, easy, and soothing Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. The loop, located in the Green Mountain National Forest, is unique in that several of Frost’s poems are mounted on placards along the way (“The Road not Taken,” “Winter Eden,” “Pasture”). Wooden benches have been placed near some of the poems as if to invite introspection. Blueberries and huckleberries at the far end of a field await new life in spring. The South Branch of the Middlebury River crosses here, and there is even a boardwalk with benches so snowshoers and skiers can pause at a frozen beaver pond. In the silence listen to the waters of the river. Not only are Frost’s poems on display, but signs also indicate what types of trees are in the area, like beech, pine, birch, spruce, fir, and alder. Visitors can also learn about the wildflowers that grow here in the non-snow months. Surface quality: Ungroomed, but skier and snowshoe packed.
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by Marty Basch (Falcon Guides)

The poet Robert Frost drank in inspiration from the woods, rivers, and mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. Whether it be the white, supple branches of a bending birch or swift, flowing waters of a frigid river, the images found in the words of a Frost poem can be seen from the short, easy, and soothing Robert Frost Interpretive Trail. The loop, located in the Green Mountain National Forest, is unique in that several of Frost’s poems are mounted on placards along the way (“The Road not Taken,” “Winter Eden,” “Pasture”). Wooden benches have been placed near some of the poems as if to invite introspection.

Blueberries and huckleberries at the far end of a field await new life in spring. The South Branch of the Middlebury River crosses here, and there is even a boardwalk with benches so snowshoers and skiers can pause at a frozen beaver pond. In the silence listen to the waters of the river. Not only are Frost’s poems on display, but signs also indicate what types of trees are in the area, like beech, pine, birch, spruce, fir, and alder. Visitors can also learn about the wildflowers that grow here in the non-snow months. Surface quality: Ungroomed, but skier and snowshoe packed.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Ripton
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day trip
Trailhead Elevation: 1,280 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: USFS Middlebury Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Robert Frost Interpretive Trail

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Apr 2018