900 Acres of Awe-Inspiring Nature
Positioned on the eastern side of Mt. Equinox, the Equinox Preserve and Pond are part of 914 acres of protected land. Open to the public year-round, the area includes 11 miles of maintained trials ranging from an easy pond loop to a steeper climb up to the summit.
Trails are clearly marked. Take the easy-going Flatlanders Pass to the Pond Loop. Try Robin’s Lookout off the Red Gate Trail for a sweet view of the Battenkill Valley. Or, if you’re up for a long haul, hike the Blue Summit Trail all the way to the top. You can pick up a map at the kiosk near the trailhead or from our concierge.
Bring your four-legged best friend with you as trails are pet-friendly. Just remember to leash your dog. Mountain bikers are welcome, too, but asked to avoid single-track trails such as Snicket and Trout Lily. Nature enthusiasts appreciate the diversity of the preserve as it changes with the rise in elevation. In spring, keep your eyes peeled for pretty blooming ephemerals. In summer, enjoy the thick canopy of northern hardwoods. In foliage, head for the overlooks and come prepared to capture captivating views with your camera.
From Route 7A in Manchester Village, follow West Union Street to the dedicated trail parking lot. If the lot is full, consider finding a spot behind BBA, along the street in front of the school or in the rear parking lot of our hotel where maps are available for your day in the preserve.