A Walk in Wiessner Woods Stowe
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If your outdoor interests are piqued by the prospect of hiking a diverse trail system over varied terrain, encountering panoramic vistas, breathing fresh mountain air, splashing in brisk alpine streams, and resting in forests abundant with wildlife, then you have found your outdoor paradise in the mountains and woodlands of Vermont. Ask us about VT Hikes or share your Vermont hikes and comments. To feature your VT business, contact us. Safe and happy hiking from Vermont Living Magazine.
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Wiessner Woods is a network of trails through woods and meadows owned, managed, and monitored by Stowe Land Trust.
In 1993, Mrs. Fritz Wiessner and her children entrusted Wiessner Woods to the Stowe Land Trust in memory of husband and father, Fritz Wiessner – a celebrated adventurer and ardent conservationist. The Stowe Land Trust has since put every effort into preserving its natural state for public enjoyment.
The Wiessner family enjoyed many hikes through Wiessner Woods, where woodland flora and fauna abound. In accordance with Mrs. Wiessner’s wishes, Stowe Land Trust established minimal impact trails, and Stowe residents donated bridges, benches, and signage. Wiessner Woods is maintained on a volunteer basis by Stowe Land Trust members, school children, and friends who periodically clear fallen branches, repair winter damage, and install needed amenities. Stowe Land Trust monitors the use and condition of the Woods, imposing restrictions when necessary to avoid over-use and an adverse impact on flora and fauna.
Wildlife commonly seen in Wiessner Woods include partridge, thrush, grouse, falcons, and owls, as well as deer, fox, and an occasional bear or moose. A walk in Wiessner Woods is sure to provide a rejuvenating experience for the avid hiker or the occasional ambler.
Directions: From Stowe Village, take Route 108 (The Mountain Road) 3.5 miles to Edson Hill Road. Turn right on Edson Hill Road, pass the entrance to Stowehof Inn and take the next drive on your right. Park on your left in the Wiessner Woods parking lot, and follow the signs to the Trailhead. For more information or a brochure with trail map, contact the Stowe Land Trust, P.O. Box 274, Stowe, Vermont 05672 Ph: 802-253-7221.
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