What can I do in order to stay healthy throughout these colder winter months? This blog will be focusing on another one of our local areas that has access to hiking and snowshoeing for the community. Snowshoeing and hiking are both great low-expense activities that you and your family can do throughout the winter months. Today we’ll be talking about the National Wildlife Refuge in Swanton.

The Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1943, in order to provide a habitat for migratory birds at the time and have evolved into much more. The refuge totals 6,729 acres of mostly wetland habitats, which support many different forms of wildlife. So, you may be wondering, when can my family and I access this terrific area?

If you’re driving down Route 78 you’ll continue until Tabor road is on your left (if coming from Swanton center). Turn onto Tabor road and proceed south ¼ mile until you see the refuge HQ on your left. There are three hiking trails open year-round within 1 mile of the HQ (Links will be provided below). If you have and would like to bring pets they must be on a leash at all times during your hike.

This local wonder has an immense amount to offer for our community. Don’t forget during the winter months to check out Swanton Library (1 First Street) to borrow a pair of our snowshoes. If you borrow a pair of snowshoes from your local Library and post a healthy selfie to our Facebook page we’ll send you a Rise Vermont hat or neck warmer). We hope you found this blog helpful for staying healthy and active during the winter, and don’t forget to check out the links below for more information.

Swanton Public Library:http://www.swantonlibrary.org/

Visitor Activities: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/visit/visitor_activities.html

Planning Your Visit: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/visit/plan_your_visit.html

Rules and Regulations: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Missisquoi/visit/rules_and_regulations.html