What to do in Quechee State Park

Quechee Recreation Area lies within a gorgeous area of eastern Vermont. The park is named for a steep chasm of bedrock carved by the Ottauquechee River. The beautiful gorge drops 165 feet. It was once the site of a woolen mill and the remains are still visible today.

Quechee Recreation Area is a large park spread out over a vast area. It is unique in that 611 acres of the park are not owned by the state, but leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tract of land, which is leased from the Corps, contains the campground, picnic area and utility building.

The land on which the park is located was originally owned by the A.G. Dewey Company, which dealt with wool processing. Remains of this mill and dam can still be seen at the head of the gorge. The recreation area for the mill is now the park's campground.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acquired the park and mill area in 1952 when North Hartland Flood Control Dam was constructed. The reason for the purchase of this area was that when the flood gates in North Hartland are closed, the river can be backed up to a level that would put the mill area and the low section of Club House Road, by Marshland Farms, under ten feet of water. An example of this occurred in April of 1969 when the river was backed up to the spillway of the Dewey Mill Dam. Although the campground was not submerged, parts of the hiking trails were. Pieces of houses and mud can still be seen in the trees as you walk these trails.

Common species of trees found along the gorge are hemlock, beech, sugar and red maple, red spruce, white and red pine and yellow birch. Shrubs include hobblebush, beaked willow, boxelder, wild currant, speckled alder and witch hazel.

Recreation
Quechee State Park offers camping with hot showers, a picnic area, hiking trails and fishing in the nearby Ottauquechee River which supports brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Quechee Gorge, Glass Blowing Mill and Pottery Shop all located in Quechee; Billings Farm Museum, Woodstock and St. Gaudens National Historic Site located just over the state line in Cornish, New Hampshire.

Location
From Center town at the junction Interstate 89 and US 4 (Exit 1) travel 3 miles west on US 4 to reach the park.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Address
190 Dewey Mills Road
White River Junction, VT 05001

Phone: 802-295-2990

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