Sally’s Salamander Meander

Hartford, VT
Difficulty: Moderate
Special Features: Natural
Walking Conditions: Trail
Duration: 1:00
Season: May-Oct
Bring: Boots, Field Guide


Discover a vernal pool and learn about salamanders and some mysterious rites of spring.

Vernal pools are seasonal wetlands which fill annually from rain, runoff, and rising groundwater. Vernal pools do not have constant inlets or outlets of water; most pools are dry for at least a portion of the year. This dry-wet cycle prohibits fish from becoming permanent residents in the pool, creating a habitat for the successful reproduction of frogs and salamanders whose larvae would normally be preyed upon by fish. Hurricane Forest and Wildlife Refuge Park is under the caring umbrella of the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department, who encourage us all to get out and enjoy the great parks in Hartford. For more information: This Quest and the Natural Communities Quest Series as a whole were made possible by generous support from the Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation / Upper Valley region.


To get there: Take Exit 11 from I-91 and head towards White River Junction, turn from Route 5 onto Route 4 west. Follow Route 4 west for 2.1 miles, and then turn left onto Center of Town Rd. After traveling up hill 0.7 miles, turn left onto Kings Highway. Follow for 0.6 miles, and then turn right onto Reservoir Rd. Proceed 0.7 miles until the road ends at the Hurricane Town Forest parking area. Your Quest begins on Old Reservoir Rd, on the right side of the parking area.

Clues and Map

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Created by Michael Quinn and his students at Hartford Middle School, and Sally Clement of Antiouch New England in 2004