The Forest Quest

Woodstock, VT
Difficulty: Moderate
Special Features: Field Trip, Natural
Walking Conditions: Trail
Duration: 1:30
Season: May-Oct
Bring: Binoculars, Field Guide


A wonderful Quest for learning about our forests and their management.  This is the oldest continuously managed forest in the United States. Enjoy some of the beautiful trails that traverse the land of this National Park.


From Interstate 89, take Exit 1. Follow Route 4 West about 13 miles, through Quechee and Taftsville to Woodstock. Turn right onto Route 12 North and bear right after the iron bridge, continuing 1/4 mile. Park in the Billings Farm & Museum parking lot. Use the crosswalk at Route 12 to access the National Park.

Clues and Map

Click here to view/print the clues and map for this quest.


Originally Created by Steve Glazer in 2002, as part of the Forest for Every Classroom program. Completely redone by staff at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP and Vital Communities in 2020.

Update to this Quest

If you are using the old Quest published in The Best of Valley Quest you will not find a box at the end anymore, but it is still a lovely hike.  Use these updates as of summer 2010:

Clue 3. Over the culvert then 80 steps to where the pines stretch tall.

Clue #15 LONG reverse: back to hemlock; uphill stopping at the sign.

How many letters do you find? Turning left is right!

Clue 17. On you go! A tiny bridge, and down to a fork. You’re in a forest glade, with a mix of trees naturally made.
Now keep eyes open for trees planted in a line.
When you find this plantation whisper the words “red pine”

Updates as of 2018:
18. Keep right looking for an ancient sugar maple, an old pasture tree.

It’s hollow you can plainly see.

On the north side of this aging giant, your Quest ends—pause in silence for a moment, you’ve made a new friend.