Thank you to the land:
We are so grateful to the land that supports EarthWalk Vermont, tucked behind Goddard College campus in Plainfield along the Winooski River watershed. From the cathedral white pines and cedar grove to the hawthorn trees and spruce forest, there are so many special places to explore, enjoy and share.
And we are thankful for all the wildlife that share this amazing stretch of forests, meadows, wetlands and river habitat with us, including the gray fox, barred owls, river otters, long-tailed weasels, red squirrels, ravens, chickadees and other species too many to name.
From the South:
Travel up I-89 North to exit 7 for VT-62 towards US-302/Berlin/Barre. Follow VT-62 for about a mile and take the exit toward US-2/US-302W/Montpelier. Turn left on US-302W/Barre-Montpelier Road and continue until you come to the roundabout where you will take the first exit onto River Street/US-2 East, towards East Montpelier and Plainfield. Follow US-2 East through East Montpelier towards Plainfield for about 7 miles. Turn left onto VT 214-N towards Goddard College. Take the first left into the main entrance of Goddard College.
From the North:
Take I-89 South to exit 8 toward US-2/VT-12/Montpelier. Follow US-2 East through Montpelier until you come to the roundabout. Take the second exit to continue on US-2 E / E Montpelier Road. Follow US-2 E through East Montpelier towards Plainfield for about 7 miles. Turn left onto VT 214-N towards Goddard College. Take the first left into the main entrance of Goddard College.
Parking at EarthWalk:
After entering the main entrance of Goddard College, go past the Upper Parking Lot on your right, and turn right into the Lower Parking Lot to park.
For the EarthWalk Office, walk back out of the parking lot you entered and turn right, Go past the cottage building on your right and we are the next building on the edge of the forest with our EarthWalk Logo out front.
To find Hawthorn Meadow, walk towards the far end of the lot (north) and you will see our Entry Shelter. The trail leads down into the forest, which will be about a 5 minute walk to the meadow.