Quechee Gorge
Quechee Gorge
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If you're visiting Vermont, don't miss Quechee Gorge, also known as the state's "Grand Canyon." The 165-foot gorge cuts through the Ottauquechee River and is the crown jewel of Quechee State Park. The park offers easy hiking trails on both sides of the gorge, and camping and kayaking are popular activities here too, making it an ideal destination for outdoor lovers. The best time to visit is during the fall when the foliage colors are at their peak. Be sure to visit the gift shop and the nearby Vermont Toy Museum, both of which are within walking distance from the park's entrance. – Tripadvisor
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  • AWB
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quechee Gorge is Beautiful!
    We stopped by the Quechee Gorge after visiting the Sugarbush Maple Farm in Woodstock, VT. It was definitely worth the stop! The trails were closed because of the recent flooding in the area, but we parked at the visitor's center and walked down to the bridge. There is a sidewalk on both sides of the bridge but the traffic was quite busy. The sites here were absolutely beautiful and there were places in the fence that allowed for taking pictures without the fence wire. So glad we took this extra time.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • JCaye
    Bristol, Rhode Island50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and customizable
    Pretty views, and customizable depending on how long you want to stay, fitness level, etc. We didn't have a lot of time, so did a quick hike along the gorge to see some views, and then stopped at the visitors center which was interesting as well! There were lengthier trails through the woods and also it can be seen from the bridge which is only a short walk!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
  • Teri P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous views and an easy hike
    Stunning views! There is a short mostly paved path that goes down to a flat area. It is fairly steep going back up. The views from the bridge are amazing and they even have holes in the fence so you can take photos without chain link ruining them.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 3, 2023
  • jerseymom2017
    Somerville, New Jersey13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Be awed by nature!
    Worth the stop! Quite a view! Even those with limited mobility can park closer to the bridge and walk over to view the gorge. It is a quick stop unless you head over to the visitors center and hike down. The hike is not suited for those with limited mobility but an easy walk for the able bodied. Lasting impressions of nature!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 7, 2023
  • Brent C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect spot to stop and view a special part of Vermont.
    The perfect place to stop and view this magnificent George. Safe viewing from the walkways beside the road and a nice trail on the side of the gorge. It is a must for visitors to Vermont. I am a New England guide and this stop is always enjoyed. Great food at the Snack Shack and they are used to handling large groups. Room for motor coaches and RV's. Near Quechee Village for some fun shopping and of course the charming Woodstock village!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled on business
    Written October 25, 2023
  • 437dona
    San Antonio, Texas14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great View
    Very scenic. Water was clear and running fast. The view from the highway bridge on either side was great. You can park in the park parking lot and walk to the bridge for a great view from the top, or take the trail through the woods to the waters edge.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 29, 2023
  • jpgina53
    Boston, Massachusetts542 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    GO!
    GO! Our Vermont bus excursion stopped here, but it was pouring rain. The driver suggested there was a view as the bus crossed the bridge and many opted for this instead of taking the path down. Even in the rain, the view was glorious. I see why people call it the Grand Canyon of the east although the dimensions don't approach the original Grand Canyon. It was late in the season with the adjacent snack bar closed and the souvenir shop had only one day left to be open. There were a couple of restrooms in the shop.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 6, 2023
  • c0verdale
    Riverview, Canada1,124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great view at Quechee gorge
    Stopped in on our way through Vermont and very much enjoyed our visit. They have a visitors' center with parking and several options for hiking. Just walking across the bridge offers up great views. Unfortunately we did not have the time to take a hike down but will be the next time we're in the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 12, 2023
  • ISyzigi
    New York City, New York146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy walk and awesome natural beauty
    If you enjoy walking in nature, don't miss this walk! Even with the bridge under construction, we were able to have a transcendent experience of awesome natural beauty. The majestic rock formations and the clear, rushing waters are viewed from behind a protective fence alongside a manicured path. Eventually at base level the fence drops away, and we sat and enjoyed the water music.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 1, 2024
  • Previa1994
    Chicago, Illinois6,670 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Packed with gorgeous views
    I spent a full morning visiting the joyful Quechee Gorge in the Spring. It is a small park that packs an array of awesome views. The hike starting from the visitor center up and down the gorge is well trodden and offers scenic views of the gorge, the highway bridge, the dam, the waterfall and the lake. The visitor center has informative exhibits about the history of the gorge. The best views of the gorge are from the highway bridge. But it is fenced for safety and one can only get clear views of the gorge from the little holes in the fence. Ample parking and no fee to visit the state park. This is a thoroughly enjoyable park.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 18, 2024
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Hairgone_Ronay
Sunderland, UK219 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Stayed over here , all too briefly, during a tour of Canada and N.E. U.S.A. back in 2015.
Very picturesque and spectacular views from the bridge down into the gorge.
Didn’t have time to eat at the diner but did have a look through the gift shop which had some great t shirts.
Just making this belated review because I could never remember the name of this place until I found it by accident today and thought I would leave a review as a reminder.
Written May 25, 2020
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JoanneGarland
Deerfield, MA90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Having driven over the bridge occasionally over the years, we had never stopped to enjoy the gorge. This time we planned a day trip, with some hiking.

We found breathtaking views from the bridge, which we walked several times, then took a 0.4 mile trail south, downhill to the bottom of the gorge, and came back up.

The trail is broad and gentle, easy for anyone who likes to walk (we’re 74 and fit). Along the way there are occasional benches for rest, and places to view the gorge from the safety of a chain link fence above it. The surrounding woods are peaceful.

At the bottom, one can scramble down to the rocky gorge base, wade in the water, and enjoy the sunshine.

Additional trails go off to the north, and in the other side of the bridge one can walk 100 yards to the Nature Center and its Canopy Walk, but we will save that venture for another day.
Written October 2, 2020
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Previa1994
Chicago, IL6,670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I spent a full morning visiting the joyful Quechee Gorge in the Spring. It is a small park that packs an array of awesome views. The hike starting from the visitor center up and down the gorge is well trodden and offers scenic views of the gorge, the highway bridge, the dam, the waterfall and the lake. The visitor center has informative exhibits about the history of the gorge. The best views of the gorge are from the highway bridge. But it is fenced for safety and one can only get clear views of the gorge from the little holes in the fence. Ample parking and no fee to visit the state park. This is a thoroughly enjoyable park.
Written May 18, 2024
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JCaye
Bristol, RI50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Pretty views, and customizable depending on how long you want to stay, fitness level, etc. We didn't have a lot of time, so did a quick hike along the gorge to see some views, and then stopped at the visitors center which was interesting as well! There were lengthier trails through the woods and also it can be seen from the bridge which is only a short walk!
Written September 17, 2023
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Melissa S
21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
There is massive construction on the route 4 bridge over the gorge. When we visited on 7/1/24, the trail actually to the gorge was closed from the visitors center down. The walk up from behind the Snack Bar to the waterfall and dam is nice. It’s not difficult, but it’s a trail in the woods so use bug spray and wear sneakers.
Written July 4, 2024
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cenzt
Ohio18,639 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Good trip. We arrived at approximately 4 pm and made our way to the entrance of the hiking trail to the gorge. The hike took about 10 minutes and was very easy, as it mostly consisted of walking on a flat surface. There was a short trail down to the gorge and we saw many people swimming and even sunbathing on the rocks. The environment was very peaceful and serene, and I enjoyed hearing the water flow down the stream.

Tip: I recommend spending 45 minutes here if you truly want to see everything.
Written October 16, 2021
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437dona
San Antonio, TX14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Very scenic. Water was clear and running fast. The view from the highway bridge on either side was great. You can park in the park parking lot and walk to the bridge for a great view from the top, or take the trail through the woods to the waters edge.
Written October 29, 2023
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Jo P
Salem, NH39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Quechee Gorge is awe inspiring and incredible!! A group of us walked the path down and some of us swam in the cold refreshing water. The hike up is a bit much if you're not used to walking up steep hills. We stayed at the Quechee Camp Ground and one night it poured and thundered so loud the echo from the gorge was scary and thrilling all at once. It was an experience I will never forget.
Written June 15, 2022
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dfchen
New Orleans, LA7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
It makes for a convenient pit stop and leg stretch on a road trip. I wouldn't go out of your way for it otherwise -- the gorge is nice in a lot of these pictures but you can't really experience these views because of fencing. The best view of the gorge is from the bridge, which is fortified with 10 feet of the wire fencing sadly, so it's not that satisfying. If you follow the trail north, there is more ugly wire fencing (at least not super high) but the tree line is such that you can't really get a really good good view. It all clears once you et to the dam, but the dam isn't as compelling as the gorge.
The trail going south the bottom of the gorge is steeper, but my 70 yo mom was able to do it fine. The bottom of the gorge is definitely the best part.
Written October 6, 2022
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
This is definitely worth a stop. You can stop on the side of the bridge that has the Visitor Center and Gift Shop, or on the other side where there are two large parking lots to the left and right. You should park and walk over the bridge – walking on one side of the bridge and on the other side on the way back. There are some intentional cut-outs in the fence on both sides to make it easier to take pics. The view is amazing. The gift shop has a number of interesting items and also some restrooms. You an also take two rather short hikes ‘Bottom of Gorge’ and ‘Dam Overlook’, which start near the Visitor Center. I recommend both walks.
Written October 20, 2021
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