Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail

Woodstock, Vermont 05091

Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail

Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail Reviews

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6/28/2018
This is an excellent place to take dogs walking. It has very pretty views, wildflowers, and tons of variety between woodlands, meadows, mountain overlooks, and tranquil vistas. There are very nice wide, well-maintained trails, with lots of options for easy to more moderately strenuous routes. Although it is kind of maze-like around Mount Tom, it is still easy (and fun) to eventually get to your destination. We took the Faulkner Trail from Faulkner Park to get to the top, which was fairly easy, and very pretty with open meadows and flowers. It gets a little steep near the peak, but there are handrails. You'll definitely run into quite a bit of traffic on a Saturday or Sunday but everyone is nice and friendly dogs will get the chance to socialize. If you take the Pogue Pond Loop you will get to enjoy the scenic and tranquil waters of a beautiful mountain pond. Keep in mind that dogs and people are not permitted to get in the pond, so hang on to your pooch if you have a water-loving canine.
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Trail Information

Woodstock
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
5
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Duration
Best spring through fall
Season
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Local Contacts
USGS Woodstock North
Local Maps