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Goodsell Ridge Preserve

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Interesting Fossils and Pleasant trails.

The fossils here are interesting but not numerous - it looked to me as if vandals have chipped away... read more

Reviewed October 24, 2018
Laura K
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South Burlington, Vermont
First concert in the Goodsell Ridge Preserve Barn

Yesterday the Isle la Motte Preservation Trust held its first classical concert in the restored... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2017
landon30
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Oct 24, 2018
“Interesting Fossils and Pleasant trails.”
Sep 11, 2017
“First concert in the Goodsell Ridge Preserve Barn”
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

The fossils here are interesting but not numerous - it looked to me as if vandals have chipped away in many spots. The interwinding trails thru Cedar forests and beautiful grassy areas are wonderful - especially when you have the whole place to yourself, like...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Laura K
Reviewed September 11, 2017

Yesterday the Isle la Motte Preservation Trust held its first classical concert in the restored conservation barn on the Goodsell Ridge. More than 85 people enjoyed music from Dvorak, Paganini, Chopin, Mozart to Webber and Williams. The acoustics are wonderful and the performers were "top...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank landon30
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Isle La Motte is the northernmost of the Champlain Islands. It is a sleepy place cherished by fisherman, boaters, bicyclists and those who enjoy getting away from it all. The Goodsell Ridge Preserve is an exposed portion of one of the oldest fossilized coral reefs...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Neil C
Reviewed November 9, 2016

About 45 min to an hour north of the Burlington VT area is a 480 million year old fossil reef. The history of the area and the fossils were interesting. My children were less interested in reading the explanatory posters and more interested in running...More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Anne M
Reviewed September 15, 2016

wow, it is amazing to find out that that an internationally recognized well preserved 480 million old fossil reef is visible in NW Vermont. The easy hiking trails are well marked and the scenery is rolling native trees and grasses. I was pleased to see...More

Date of experience: July 2016
1  Thank landon30
Reviewed August 2, 2016

You have to find the fossils yourself, but there are posters along the trails discussing ancient evolution and how the fossils came to be. Walking is easy, over grass and flat rock that house th fossils.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Cathy H
Reviewed June 27, 2016

Come visit the oldest coral reef in the world. Just look down and you'll see all sorts of fossils in the rocks. There are a number of walks through the property and all are easy. Visit the newly restored barn and the tiny museum for...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank 956susang
Reviewed August 13, 2015

We went to Isle la motte for a bike ride and stopped in this preserve and were very glad we did. It is very interesting. Currently HP has an exhibit "a trip through time" which has a lot of information. The folks in the visitor...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Cazandkim
Reviewed July 10, 2015

I stumbled on the placards mounted through a meadow of wildflowers and adjacent woods and was blown away by the information, photos, and wonderful writing. So much fun for learners at any level.

Date of experience: July 2015
3  Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed September 2, 2014

The preserve holds a few trails around the area, with basic timelines and history of the world signs guiding the way. The best part of the preserve is the fossils- but be prepared. You'll find a lot of swirly gastropod fossils, and that's about it....More

Date of experience: September 2014
1  Thank csquared2014
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Sarah F
January 28, 2017|
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The visitor center is open most weekends in June and September and Wednesdays through Sundays in the summer months. The trails are always open in the remaining months, but snow will obscure the fossils.
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Sarah F
January 28, 2017|
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The visitor center is open most weekends in June and September and Wednesdays through Sundays in the summer months. The trails are always open in the remaining months, but snow will obscure the fossils.
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