Dorset is one of the Green Mountain state’s hidden gems, tucked in between mountain ranges – the Taconics and the Greens. Dorset offers well-maintained hiking trails, mountain biking trails that wind through woods and backcountry settings, a pristine quarry for swimming and nearby Merck Forest & Farmland Center. Summer’s emerald hues defer to brilliant white when winter blankets the region. Given its postage stamp size, there are tons of things to do in Dorset during the winter from snowshoeing, nordic skiing, sledding and hiking, to fat biking and ice fishing – options are everywhere!
Hike Dorset details the variety of amazing hiking trails and “loops” to get some exercise and crisp fresh air. An outdoor enthusiasts dream, Dorset is home to thousands of acres of public and conserved lands that allow for hiking, biking, skiing, horseback riding, the list goes on. the Town of Dorset acquired over 560 acres to expand Owls Head Town Forest. The main trail follows an old road up to Gettysburg and Klondike quarries and beyond to Owls Head and Gilbert Lookout. Check out the Hike Dorset link above for full details on all kinds of hiking possibilities which Dorset offers.
After a good day outdoors you’ll be ready to take a break.
For lunch stop by Dorset Bakery, Dorset Union Store and HN Williams where you can explore our local, seasonal flavors and discover the exceptional culinary talent in our food shed. Great Vermont products can be found in our eclectic mix of general stores, artisan shops, galleries and home stores. Explore shops such as JK Adams, Dorset Union Store, HN Williams, Dorset Exchange and 3 Pears Gallery.
Or take a short drive to Merck Forest & Farmland Center a 3200 conserved property in nearby Rupert, where a 62 acre working farm and 30 miles of recreational trails offer loads of family fun and spectacular views of the Mettowee Valley and beyond in all months of the year.
Discover Dorset – you’ll be glad you did! Dorset is easy to get to and the ride with be more than worth it! Hope to see you soon! Photos by James Chandler