West of Quechee Village, Vermont, the Ottauquechee River flows eastward within a broad and shallow valley. At Dewey’s Mills, just east of Quechee Village, the river turns abruptly southward and plunges into the narrow, rocky cleft of Quechee Gorge, 165 feet deep and over a mile in length.
This is a great spot to explore for the history and the view. Pick up information about the area from the Information Center before parking or walk over after you park.
There are two separate parts to this trail. The picnic area is in the middle. If you go to the back of the picnic area and hike .2 miles you will come to the old Dewey Wool Mill. The mill is no longer operational, but the spot has a nice waterfall.
If you go on the trail behind the gift shop you will go under the US 4 Bridge. This direction will take you to the outlook for the gorge. There is a chain link fence around the pedestrian walkway and will loop around the gorge. This allows for great views in to the gorge from the bridge.
The season is from mid-May to October (Columbus Day). There is no fee to explore the gorge and surrounding area.
Here is a copy of the Army Corp of Engineers Quechee Gorge State Park Trail System Map.
For more information:
- Quechee Gorge State Park
- 190 Dewey Mills Road
- White River Junction, Vermont 05001
- Summer: 802-295-2990
- Winter: 802-885-8891 or 800-299-3071