animal tracks

The Equinox Preserve consists of over 914 acres on the slopes of Mt Equinox in Manchester, VT. In 1996, owners of the Equinox Resort donated conservation easements to the Vermont Land  Trust to permanently protect this land. The Equinox Resort owns the Preserve, which is managed by the non-profit Equinox Preservation Trust and the Equinox Preservation Trust Forest and Trails Steward. 

The dedication of these lands to permanent protection will ensure that this very important forest environment will long provide a natural example of a mature northern hardwood forest for many generations to come, made accessible through a maintained trail network and by careful management of these lands.

trail map
trail bridge

To encourage the responsible use of the land and protection of our natural and cultural history by providing the opportunity to interact with the environment through education, research and environmentally sensitive recreation.

All trails are open for pedestrian use. The Equinox Preservation Trust may close some trails temporarily for repairs or to protect them from damage during muddy conditions. 

An enlarged trail map is on display along with copies of the handy pocket guide & trail map, updated program information and special notices.

Informational kiosks greet visitors at both entrances to the Preserve. A third kiosk is located near the trail connector at the rear of the Equinox Hotel parking area.

Naturalists have long held Mt. Equinox in high esteem for its beauty and natural diversity, a valued source of study by botanists and ecologists since the late 1800s.

A variety of mammals populate the slopes of Mt. Equinox, protected by the thick natural cover and food sources that the forest provides.

animal tracks