Eshqua Bog Natural Area, Hartland, VT
This sanctuary is owned and managed jointly with the Vermont Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. The 40-acre parcel completely surrounds and protects an 8-acre wetland that abounds in showy lady’s slippers (Cypripedium reginae) and other wild orchids. A boardwalk allows easy viewing of the wetland plants while protecting their delicate habitat. To see the showy lady’s slippers in bloom, plan to visit mid to late June.
Kate Reeves, PO Box 471, Woodstock, VT 05091, 802-234-5219; Nancy Brogden, 482 Skunk Hollow Rd., Hartland, VT 05048, 802-436-2785.
Eshqua Bog is located on Garvin Hill Rd. in Hartland, near the Woodstock town line. From I-89 in Vermont, take Exit 1, Route 4 west toward Woodstock and Rutland. Just before Route 4 enters Woodstock Village, after the Cumberland Farms store and another convenience store with a Mobil gas sign, Route 4 makes a 90-degree turn to the right, but do not go right. Instead, turn left up Hartland Hill Rd. (town Highway #73), and follow almost 1.2 miles. Shortly after passing log house on right, bear right onto a dirt road (Garvin Hill Rd.). Follow this road another 1.2 miles. The bog is on the right and is marked by a sign. Park in the turn off area just before the bog entrance.
Sanctuary Visitation Rules
The following activities are prohibited on all New England Wild Flower Society sanctuaries:
♦ Camping, Fires, or Smoking
♦ Trail bikes, trikes and ATV’s
♦ Horseback riding
♦ Removal of plant material
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
New England Wild Flower Society hopes you will enjoy your visit to our Sanctuaries. Please be aware there are certain risks incidental to visiting our Sanctuaries which include – but are not limited to – hills, uneven terrain, insects and slippery areas. You walk the trails at your own risk, so please exercise caution. Please note -- there is no staff at our Sanctuaries if you should encounter difficulty or require assistance.