Saturday, August 25, 2012

Quechee Gorge

The first stop on the trip to Vermont was Quechee Gorge.  Quechee Gorge is located by Route 4 in Quechee Vermont.  The entire Gorge is visible from the bridge on route for that crosses the gorge.  Quechee Gorge is known as "Vermont's Little Grand Canyon".  The entire Gorge is only a mile-long, and is 165 feet below the bridge over Route 4 and the Ottauquechee River flows down through the gorge.
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View from the Bridge


The gorge was formed by glacial activities, approximately 13,000 years ago.
The first stop should be the visitors center, _D8C0630 August 21, 2012 NIKON D800 where you can get a map and other information of the area and then leave from the ground floor to travel approximately 4/10 of a mile down to the bottom of the gorge.  The trail has a few steep spots but is basically easy to hike.  There are a great views from both the bridge and from the bottom of the gorge.
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Woodlands along the path
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Old tree trunk glowing in the sunlight
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View of the River halfway down the path to the bottom of the gorge
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People on the rocks at the bottom of the gorge
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Viewing the running water of the river at the bottom of the gorge
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Looking up the gorge toward the bridge over Route 4
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Stones under water in the river
Running Water
Running water
Due to the drought that Vermont has had this year, the water level in the river like elsewhere in Vermont is very low.
This areas is definitely worth a stop on your travels through Vermont.