Old City Falls Quest

Strafford, VT
Difficulty: Moderate
Special Features: Historical, Natural
Walking Conditions: Trail
Duration: :30
Season: May-Oct


A quiet calming with walk to a beautiful spot with lots of fascinating history.


To get there: Take Interstate 89 to the Sharon, Vermont exit, #2. Go right (or left if coming from the north) on Rte. 132, seven miles over the mountain until you come to a T in S. Strafford. Go left toward Strafford (approx. 2 miles). Go right past the common, (as if headed toward Tunbridge) ? mile, until you reach Old City Falls road on your right (opposite some old abandoned tennis courts). Head up to the top of the hill and just past the bridge at the top on your left is the road to Old City Falls Nature Preserve. It is guarded by a gate during the off season. You may drive in and park or stay outside the gate and walk in. Your Quest begins at the State sign on your right.

Clues and Map

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Created by Meredith Kendall and her day care children, 2012

Update to this Quest

The final stanzas now read:


Once you’re back at the top, look around for your Valley Quest box!

If you’re at the shelter, look across the clearing, and advance like a fox.

Search until you find a fire ring, a tree with 8 trunks at its rear—

It’s betwixt these growths your treasure will appear.


This tree is resilient, it’s true: notice the fence lain decades back,

Placed too near a tree it never would crack.

But peer inside, at about waist height,

Nestled by the fence therein: Your box! What a sight!