Merck Forest and Farmland Center is a non-profit educational organization located in the Taconic Mountains of southwestern Vermont. The Center’s mission is to foster the connection of its visitors to farm and forest through meaningful experiences with a working landscape.
Merck Forest offers unparalleled recreational opportunities: guests may visit the farm or venture into the forest to hike, camp, snowshoe, ski cross-country, ride horseback, stay in rugged backcountry cabins, or (in season) hunt game. The property is open year-round from dawn to dusk at no charge; seasonal special programs and events are offered at a nominal fee, or for free.
Originally founded in 1950 as the Vermont Forest and Farmland Foundation on land donated by George W. Merck, the property has grown to nearly 3200 acres, with a 33-acre sugarbush, a 62-acre farm, over thirty miles of trails, and nine backcountry cabins. The Center has permanently conserved 3107 acres ensuring that Merck Forest’s long tradition of land stewardship, education, and recreation will be continued in perpetuity. The easements create a large, unbroken forest block providing a vast area for human and animal visitors to roam and flourish.
How to find us: Merck Forest and Farmland Center is located between Rupert and Dorset, at the top of the very large hill on Route 315 (Rupert Mountain Road). Please do not rely solely on your GPS: once you reach the top of the big hill on 315, turn into Merck Forest's Driveway. If you start going downhill, you've missed us!
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