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Merck Forest & Farmland Center

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3270 Rte 315, Rupert, VT 05768
+1 802-394-7836
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Nice small farm and hiking

The visitors center is a great place to pick up locally made maple syrup. We hiked up to the cabins... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Doug M
Great place to hike, camp and enjoy nature

We have been going to Merck Forest for years, mainly to hike and occasionally camp. The property is... read more

Reviewed 19 November 2017
655donl
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Merck Forest and Farmland Center is a non-profit educational institution with a mission to teach and to demonstrate the benefits of innovative sustainable management of forest and farmland. We offer a variety of seasonal recreational opportunities including rustic backcountry cabins and campsites for rent and over 30 miles of forest trails for recreational hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. We produce farm and forest products for sale and Vermont-Certified-Organic maple syrup. We conduct educational programs specializing in environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture and silviculture for students, adults and apprentices. Through education we seek to encourage our visitors to engage in the activities of a working landscape, and to become good stewards of the land.
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3270 Rte 315, Rupert, VT 05768
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The visitors center is a great place to pick up locally made maple syrup. We hiked up to the cabins that you can rent. They looked nice small. No indoor plumbing and you must carry everything in from the parking lot ~.5 mile. But they...More

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

We have been going to Merck Forest for years, mainly to hike and occasionally camp. The property is crisscrossed with miles of hiking trails, everything from field walks to mountain scrambles. Sheep, pigs and chickens can be found in various pastures on the working farm....More

1  Thank 655donl
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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to spend a day, not too far from Manchester VT, the Farm is really cool, the pigs are especially big, and then we hiked a really nice trail through the forest. You can rent a cabin reasonably. Will be back...More

1  Thank Sharon K
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Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our hike to Mount Anton. The trails were easy to follow based on the map we had printed. You can also stop in the visitors center for maple soda, local root beer, and snacks. In terms of the hike itself, it took...More

2  Thank NoBaggagePlease
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

They have an education center for children and Maple Syrup operation in the spring but the real draw is their trails through the forest. A variety of trails of moderate to easy difficulty. When we went there was not much snow but we went after...More

1  Thank bob41952
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Marybeth L, Communications Coordinator at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

Thank you for your positive review! We hope that we'll see you back on the mountain again soon.

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Reviewed 14 November 2016

A fun day for all ages. You can hike the mountains or stroll through the farm. See the process of making maple syrup from the woods to the boiler. You can get up close to many of the farm animals. A gift shop is available....More

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Marybeth L, Public Relations Manager at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2016

Thank you for your positive review. Come back again soon -- winter is a truly magical time to experience Merck Forest!

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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Hiking on well cleared roads and some trails. Info available to assist in a hike within your time frame and abilities. Some beautiful views. Can make a donation if desired.

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Marybeth L, Communications Coordinator at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for your positive review -- I hope that you'll visit us again soon!

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Reviewed 4 July 2016

Merck Forest is free to park and see (although they ask for a donation) and has lots of great trails from short (~0.3 miles) to wicked long. Although the visitor center closes at 4pm you can still drive up and explore the land. They ask...More

3  Thank Judith G
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Marybeth L, Communications Coordinator at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for your positive review -- please come back soon!

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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We went camping here in one of their cabins for a long weekend. This place was awesome, the cabins are well maintain and have plenty of sleeping space and a wood stove to heat the cabins during the winter. We loved the place. The view...More

3  Thank Joseph B
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Marybeth L, Communications Coordinator at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for your positive review. We hope that you'll be back soon! You might try a cabin stay in the wintertime -- there's nothing like the peace and quiet of a mountain cabin in the winter.

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Reviewed 12 May 2016

Beautiful views, delicious produce available. A working farm dedicated to sustainable practices, this is a great place to bring the family, see the animals, take a hike, camp in a cabin. I got married in the saphouse in 2013- epic sunset!

2  Thank Katherine M
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Marybeth L, Communications Coordinator at Merck Forest & Farmland Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2016

Thank you for your positive review! The sunsets over the southern Adirondacks are truly spectacular. Hop to see you again soon!

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