If nature is your
interest, than the Northeast Kingdom offers some of the best in
the United States.
The Mollie Beattie Bog located in the unorganized
town of Lewis just outside Island Pond.
The 76-acre Mollie Beattie Bog includes a flat open bog area
covering 20 acres and supports a wide variety of shrubs, stunted
trees and other plants. A swamp crowded with tamarack and black
spruce surrounds the bog.
An inventory of the bog found at least 13 rare plants and animal
species and numerous migratory birds using it for breeding
A boardwalk allows visitors to get into the bog without damaging
the plant life or getting wet. Interpretive signs help viewers
know what it is they are seeing. It is my opinion Champion has
done a great job in making Mollie Beattie Bog a truly Special
Place in the Forest.
To reach Mollie Beattie Bog, take Route 105 between Island Pond
and Bloomfield. Where the Nulhegan River goes under Route 105
you will see a brown Refuge entrance sign and Stone Dam Road.
Turn on to Stone Dam Road (this is a “T” intersection so only
one way to turn from either direction from Route 105). Follow
this road to a “T” intersection and take a left. Follow this
road to the next “T” intersection and turn left. At the next
intersection turn right. About a mile and a quarter to a parking
area that a sign on the right welcoming you to Mollie Beattie
In North Troy you can visit the Big Falls. On Burke Mountain you
can view a molten rock exposure. In Charleston you can visit the
Great Falls of the Clyde River. A Gorge called the "Jay Branch
Gorge" in Jay. If it is glacial features you are looking for
stop on by in Groton at Pigeon Pond and see an example of
Pleistocene glaciating. At Averill Pond in Averill, you will
find a glacially scoured basin that has landlocked salmon. On
Lake Memphremagog you can view the Black Island Hemlock Forest
from the water. In Derby there is Halls Creek Marsh, which supports a
great variety of wildlife. You should also make sure to stop on
by and visit Willoughby Cliffs where Mt. Pisgah meets the shores
of Lake Willoughby, one of the most famous scenes in Vermont.
Stop at the Peacham Bog and you may catch a Moose or two just