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The Little Grand Canyon Of Vermont

Make your way across a different grand canyon. Originally, it belonged to a wool processor.

The centerpiece of the 600-acre Quechee State Park was formed about 13,000 years ago as glaciers carved out “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.”

It is located in central Vermont, and is the state’s deepest gorge, plunging more than 165 feet deep and stretching almost a mile.

Snowshoeing is a fun way to explore the gorge during winter, and walking and hiking trails are abundant in and around the chasm. From the viewing vistas, hikers have a perfect view of the Ottauquechee River that flows into the gorge. It begins just east of Quechee Village, and then opens up into waterfalls, cascading into the gorge.

The Vermont Institute of Natural Science offers education programs for all ages and exhibits and enclosures for native birds of prey in need of rehabilitation.

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