May 22, 2021 – Quechee State Park – Vermont

Today Wilma and I Adventured to Quechee State Park in Hartford, Vermont. The Quechee Gorge is located in the Quechee State Park in Quechee, Vermont.  It is the deepest gorge in Vermont, plunging 165 feet.  The Ottauquechee River flows through the bottom of the Gorge.  The Gorge can be viewed from the bridge above, located directly on Route 4.  This scenic view really cannot be missed as it is plastered with tourists peering over the bridge for a view, and snapping photographs.  There are also trails along the Gorge, which allow for varied views of the River, and Gorge.

We had a green-filled Adventure to the Quechee State Park in Hartford, Vermont. We have been to the Park numerous times, but have not blogged about it except for locating old photographs for our Throwback Adventure, so today was the day to share. I was surprised to find Quechee State Park quite quiet, a pleasant surprise. We parked at the visitor center and headed down the trail winding through the woods to the main trail along the River. We first headed down to the bottom of the Gorge. The trail was lovely, many bright green ferns lining the path. Upon arrival to the bottom of the Gorge we found the water higher then ever, but still managed to jump along the uneven rocks to get close to the edge and peer down the gorge. Just scenic! From there we headed to a trail through the woods, lined with ferns, it was gorgeous.

After exploring this section of the Park we headed back up along the River toward the opposite end. There were several spots to peer into the gorge, but often the view was blocked by trees. However the rocks and the gorge are quite spectacular. We continued our uphill climb and began heading the opposite end. We passed a lovely dam and continued on to the Dewey’s Mill Pond and the Ottauquechee River, a field-like trail between the two. Such a fun variety of scenery in one location. Last we had to check out the view from the bridge, probably the most spectacular scene of the gorge, again relieved to find few visitors.

We spent about two hours exploring the trails and exploring. My favorite parts were of course the gorge, the bright green ferns, and hearing the sounds of the birds chirping around us. Wilma loved hiking, posing on stumps, and enjoyed sips from the water. The only thing I do not like about this trail is the metal fencing, but apparently needed for safety from falls. A beautiful way to start our day (Rating: 4).

October 13, 2019 – Quechee Covered Bridge -Vermont

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, my Friend, and I Adventured to the Quechee Covered Bridge in Quechee, Vermont.  The Quechee Covered Bridge was originally built in 1970 and spans the Ottauquechee River.  It has views of an old mill dam, gorge, and contains a pedestrian walk across.

We had a scenic Adventure to the Quechee Covered Bridge.  Shadow, Buster, and I had been to the bridge on one occasion, and I was glad to be back.  We were thrilled to have one of our friends visiting from Tampa, and could not have chosen a better covered bridge to represent these wonderful structures.  We parked and took some posed photographs on the gorge side before crossing the front of the bridge to the waterfall.  The waterfall was gigantic, and just spectacular, the sunset framing the background of the falls.  We sauntered down to the Quechee Falls Park, a cemented, landscaped area with benches to relax and take-in the view.  We spent some time photographing and just gazed at the spectacular scene, the falls singing from all directions, and the bridge towering from above.  Such beauty!

From there we wandered back up the stairs and headed to the bridge to see the view from atop the bridge.  The bridge was lined with colorful flower boxes, and provided continued lovely views.  After peering out at the panorama, we strolled all the way across, and found an additional viewing spot.  Another perfect scene from a new angle.

I have written about this bridge previously in a blog about Quechee, but decided to discuss the bridge in depth today.  We were so glad to Adventure to the Quechee Covered Bridge, definitely a must-see new England bridge.  I have included photographs, and videos from our visit today, and two photographs of our first visit.  A little dark on this New England evening, but hopefully you can still imagine this picturesque location (Rating:  5).

 

Throwback Adventure – Quechee Gorge , Vermont – October 2016

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday.  These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing.

Shadow, Buster, and I journeyed to the Quechee Gorge in October 2016.  We have been there other times, but this trip we thoroughly explored the Park.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed!

The Quechee Gorge is located in the Quechee State Park in Quechee, Vermont.  It is the deepest gorge in Vermont, plunging 165 feet.  The Ottauquechee River flows through the bottom of the Gorge.  The Gorge can be viewed from the bridge above, located directly on Route 4.  This scenic view really cannot be missed as it is plastered with tourists peering over the bridge for a view, and snapping photographs.  There are also trails along the Gorge, which allow for varied views of the River, and Gorge.

We choose a beautiful Fall day for this visit to the Gorge.  We climbed to the bottom trail to view the Gorge, which revealed the bridge from afar.  From there we hiked the opposite direction finding more trails, and even a little area for the dogs to swim.  It was nice to get good some good exercise, and enjoy the colorful Fall foliage.  The most beautiful spot really was the view of the Gorge directly off the bridge.  The pictures I took really could not capture the beauty of this location.  (Rating:  4)

Also, while in the area we stopped at the Quechee Covered Bridge, which spans the Ottauquechee River.  The bridge was rebuilt after being severely damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.  (Rating:  3)

The many adventures we had in October 2016 are especially precious in my heart as it was the last month of adventures we would have before losing Buster.  We are so grateful that he was able to live life to the fullest.