The area offers a myriad of recreational possibilities year round:
Is extremely popular in Dorset’s pleasant rolling countryside, with many wooded trails from which to choose.
Merck Forest and Farmland Center is nearby with 2,000 acres, spectacular panoramic views, a model farm and 27 miles of hiking and cross country ski trails. The Green Mountain National Forest offers numerous mountain trails throughout the area, as well as pleasant walking areas. The famous Long Trail and Appalachian Trail cross through the area.
Emerald Lake State Park in East Dorset and Lake Saint Catherine, a short drive north, have water sports galore.
BOATING & CANOEING
Emerald Lake State Park, Lake St. Catherine and the Battenkill. Rentals available.
Three major trout steams have their head waters in Dorset. The world famous Battenkill flows south to the Hudson, the locally popular Mettowee and Mad Tom Rivers wend their way past Civil War era iron smelters, marble quarries and quarry caves, some of which keep winter ice well into July each year.
Numerous area courses open to the public.
Vermont lies in the pathway of the annual north-south bird migration. Its backyards and bogs, marshes and meadows, forests and fens are visited by over 180 species who breed here with many more just passing through. Any path will lead to bird activity – from Prentiss Pond in Dorset Village or Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert to the many roads leading to a historic marble quarry or nearby Stratton Mountain for the rare and endangered Bicknell’s Thrush. Sightings, discussions and information about birds is available from the statewide birding discussion list, VTBIRD.
Merck Forest, Emerald Lake State Park and Green Mountain National Forest. In addition there are several privately operated campgrounds.