Trails and Trees

Our Trails

The trails and grounds at the Birds of Vermont Museum are open from dawn until dusk, year round. Our property spans both sides of Sherman Hollow Road.

Explore, exercise, and rest in forest and meadow, beside small gardens or a flowing stream. Take a look at the notices posted in our kiosks, and make a donation if you are able to.

There are no toilet facilities nor trash bins on our trails; please take care of those things before you come. Lastly, no pets on our trails— trained, leashed service dogs are permitted. We recommend using the road for a dog walk.


On the side south of the Museum, across the road, trails begin near the guard rail. Wander up the Spear Trail gradually through a small maintained meadow, to our Bird Blind and pond, and further up into the forest. Can you find game trails? An old stone wall? Please be careful not to step on fragile plants in the wet slope above the pond—do enjoy their delicate beauty! This forest is rich with deciduous second-growth trees that colonized what used to be farmland.

On the north side, head down the gravel path that slopes to the stream. Be careful as Bob’s Bridge has no railings. Cross the stream and choose your path: Bob’s Trail starts along the creek, passes Gale’s Retreat, then winds up and to the back of property, where there is a drier upland forest habitat. Gale’s Trail takes you directly uphill through white pines and ferns. Overall, this side is a bigger section of property with steep slopes and a great variety of habitats. Watch for tracks!

Our trails are maintained by staff and volunteers; please make a donation to their upkeep if you can.

Need a map? Trails map for the Birds of Vermont Museum property:shows Sherman Hollow Road, some elevation topography, and trails.Download the PDF or ask at the front desk.


The treehouse and garden areas are fairly accessible for friends with mobility issues. We know gravel isn’t easy, but it is graded appropriately.

Outdoor Safety

There is little to no cell service on this property. We always recommend you dress for the weather, wear good shoes, put on tick protection, and drink enough water. Be careful, have fun, and conserve the land for the next visitors.

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