Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Merck Forest & Farmland Center blends 3,100 acres of pristine walking trails, spectacular views, farm and forest activities into delightful recreational opportunities and educational events. Hike-in cabins and tent sites offer secluded retreats. At the working farm, animals frolic and organic vegetables are grown for sale. The visitor center offers our organic maple syrup, produce, and other goods. Education programs bond all of our amenities. The public is welcome daily from dawn until dusk.
It’s almost like the state of Vermont in microcosm—farmland, meadows, and working and wild forest. This 3,100-acre property offers a taste of sustainable agricultural activities, including maple production, vegetable and herb gardening, and livestock raising. Among the rare breeds on the working farm are Randall Mineback cattle, Suffolk horses, and Pamworth pigs. Nature trails—open to hikers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers—wind through woodlands managed part for hardwood logging and part as a wilderness habitat for wildlife. Cabins, lean-tos, and tent sites are available for camping year-round (for a fee; reservations required), all accessible only by half- to 2-1/2 mile hikes.