Robert Frost Interpretive Trail

Robert Frost

This National Recreation Trail commemorates Robert Frost’s poetry; several of his poems are mounted along the trail in the woods and fields. Blueberries and huckleberries grow in an old field at the far end of the trail. The trail is an easy walk, and the first 0.3 miles across a beaver pond boardwalk out to the South Branch of the Middlebury River is accessible and suitable for wheelchairs. The Forest Service maintains all of the old fields along this trail with prescribed fire to preserve the scenic, open appearance of the area.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Middlebury restaurants and fuel stations. For all Emergencies: 911; 911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Ripton on Route 125.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7 to where it intersects with Route 125. Travel east on Route 125 for 5.8 miles. The parking area is on the right.

From Rochester, travel north on Route 100 to its intersection with Route 125. Travel west on Route 125 for 9.9 miles. The parking area is on the left.

General Notes:

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

Additional Resources

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail Recreation Guide and Map

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 30 - 45 minutes Length: 1.2 mile loop
Elevation desc Max. Elevation Change: 30 feet
Difficulty Level: Easy

Interpretive Areas

Self-Guided Interpretive Trail 1.2 miles round trip

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests


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Length: 1.2 mile loop

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Max. Elevation Change: 30 feet