We travel a lot to Vermont, but this was our first time visiting Quechee Gorge, which is an impressive place! (Update – we went back for a visit summer 2019).
Getting to Quechee Gorge is easy. I recommend trying to park at the Visitor’s Center, but there are other parking lots around the trailhead to the gorge.
We stayed at Queechee State Park (read about that here). You can walk to the Gorge from the state park using a trail for those who are camping there, and you can also access it from the Visitor’s Center which is located right on the main road.
Right next to the Visitor’s Center is a bridge going over the Gorge with a nice pedestrian walkway on each side (so that you have a railing on both sides of you). We took the kids on the bridge and it was nice to have the security of the railings not only to see over the side but also between us and traffic. The views are impressive!
The trail down to the Gorge from the Visitor Center is very well maintained. I have to say I am impressed that I didn’t see any garbage on either of our walks to the gorge, and the trail was in great shape.
It is downhill all the way, and along the Gorge, there is chain link fence on your right, as there is a steep drop.
You can’t really see the gorge during the hike down as it is pretty sheer over the edge. Where the fence ends nearer to the bottom of the gorge, there are lots of places where you can go explore.
We wore suits and brought towels, water shoes, goggles, sunscreen, and an underwater camera.
There are lots of little spots to explore, and we found fish, frogs, and crayfish.
My kids are strong swimmers, so we had no worries about swimming in the gorge, as there were other young kids swimming there. There were plenty of parents with very young kids there.
There is a very deep section where you can also swim upstream a bit, and on the right, people were jumping off the rocks. (You can’t see the rocks in this picture, but they were pretty high. The kids said it was high enough that it hurt to hit the water, but enjoyed jumping several times!)
The kids had fun jumping off ledges and swimming across.
We were very careful with the kids as far as where it was safe to jump in, and made sure they were wearing water shoes. (On our second visit, my daughter forgot her water shoes, and it was harder for her to walk on the rocks, but it was fine).
Downstream, there are some little rapids and the gorge becomes shallow. There are plenty of places for kids to wade and explore, and there were lots of people with younger kids and dogs. This is looking downstream towards the end of the gorge.
The hike back up is all uphill, but there are plenty of benches to stop. Just keep in mind that going back may be a bit slow going especially if you are tired from swimming.
Quechee Gorge is a beautiful place to visit. The trails were very well maintained, the view from above is amazing, and it was fun to explore at the bottom. There is also a lot to check out nearby, from the Visitor’s Center to shopping, food, museums, and more.
Things to bring:
~ Water shoes
~ Water shoes
~ Water & snacks, especially for kids
Check out our other Vermont blog posts:
Quechee State Park
Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT
Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, VT
Jackson Gore Inn, Ludlow, VT
Coolidge State Park, VT
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I’m amazed I’ve never heard of Quechee Gorge, or even Hartford Vermont! This place does look so special and fun, and a safe place for the kids, too. I’d love to take a trip here!
I have never been to Vermont before. I don’t get the chance to travel much. This place looks beautiful
This place ooks so beautiful.
I never heard of Quechee Gorge prior to reading your review. Amazing place & scenery.
We love Quechee! I haven’t been up there in a few years, but it’s a super cool place to spend the day in northern New England!
Wow what an absolutely beautiful gorge to visit, I would have loved swimming in it when I was younger.
Vermont is such a beautiful state! I would love a week or even a weekend to explore. What a beautiful gorge,
These are the kind of places I love to go with the family. It is sort of off the beaten path and it’s just a nice place to hang out. If I ever get out that way I’m totally checking out this place. It is the perfect place for me.
What a totally fun and relaxing place to spend the day. Nothing is better than getting outside with your family and enjoying the great outdoors..
There is nothing like getting out and enjoy what mother nature has to offer. Everyone has fun, gets dirty and actually we become so relaxed.
What a beautiful family getaway. Looks like the kids really enjoyed themselves. I’ve never heard of Quechee Gorge.
The place looks gorgeous! We’re close enough to Vermont, this looks like a nice little road trip as a last hurrah for summer!
Quechee Gorge looks absolutely amazing and glad that your family enjoyed themselves and had a lovely swim/play too.
Oh wow! This is so beautiful and it looks like so much fun!
This is such a lovely area. My kids would love swimming here–they’re also strong swimmers. I hope to make it here one day.
Vermont is so beautiful. Last time we were there it was chilly and we had a blast anyway.
The views are just beautiful. And the water looks like it was amazing. I have never been to Vermont but have always wanted to go.
I love spending time outdoors with the kids and getting close to nature. This looks like such a beautiful place. Would love to visit with the kids someday.
Lovely! I am drawn to places like this where I can enjoy the beauty of nature. I have not been to Vermont yet, but if ever I do find myself in the area, I will make sure I give Quechee Gorge a visit.
There is nothing more satisfying to me than a beautiful trip into nature. I love the scenery and how relaxing it can be. I may have to visit Vermont just to experience this.
This place looks like a beautiful vacation spot! Spending time together like this as a family is SUPER important.
The view looks breath taking! I would love to see all that in person. It looks like everyone enjoyed swimming in the water. I liked that it appeared to be pretty clear
I have never been to Vermont – your pictures are just stunning! I would LOVE to take my girls there one day!
I have not been to Vermont yet, but it sure looks like it is a beautiful place! OMG, your photos are fantastic. I love being with nature and the scenery makes me want to pack my bags and hop on the plane!
These are such lovely and peaceful photos. I could use a trip like this to relax and take in the scenes.
This looks so beautiful. I havent been in Vermont, it is breathtaking. I would love to see this.