Recreation in Springfield
“Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
If you are looking to burn calories or enjoy the weather Springfield has a great deal of recreation opportunities to explore. From indoor gyms and recreation centers to outdoor walking paths and nature areas we have something for everyone. When visiting our many outdoor nature areas you might even be lucky enough to spot our resident bald eagle!
Fitness: Dreamz in Motion
Golf: Crown Point Country Club
Environment: Black River Action Team (BRAT)
North Springfield Bog
A boardwalk gives access from the parking lot into this 10,000 year old bog. Open for nature study this bog has some of the finest examples of bog plants in the state of Vermont. This area is visited and maintained by area students and nature enthusiasts. Click here for more information on North Springfield Bog.
Muckross State Park
Nature Spaces in Springfield
Hartness State Park
Located just a few miles from the center of town is an 85 acre tract of land known as Hartness Park. The land is crisscrossed by many old roads making wonderful and wide walking trails. There is a picnic area within the park as well as a few clearings to admire the full view of downtown. When walking through the park you can see a steep embankment that used to be home of the Springfield ski jump used for training by local highschool students. Click here for more information for Hartness State Park.
In 1993 Springfield Trails and Greenways (STAG) was given an award from the VT Agency of Transportation to develop an abandoned railroad corridor into a biking and walking path that ran along the Black River. This trail was named the Toonerville Trail after the “Toonerville trolleys” a popular cartoon strip from the 1920s. The paved path is 10 feet wide and welcomes seasonal activities from running to cross country skiing. The railbed was formally used for the Springfield Electric Railroad, a trolley line that ran from Springfield to Charlestown. The Toonerville Trail was designate a Community Millennium Trail as part of the White House Millenium Trail project in May of 2000. This three mile trail connects the downtown business district with the Connecticut River to Charlestown, New Hampshire. Click here for more information for the Toonerville Trail.
Stoughton Pond encompasses 48 acres offering fishing, boating, and a picnic area. The pond is stocked with rainbow trout making it a popular fishing area for families who also want to take advantage of the swimming area, grills, restrooms, and changing house. A sheltered picnic area can be rented for a small fee for events and celebrations. For current information call 802-886-2775 or click here.
Springweather Nature Area
This 70 acre area overlooks the North Springfield Lake. There are many trails for biking, walking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. The lake offers a boat ramp for kayaks and canoes and is home to largemouth bass and other warm water fish. Trails lead through different types of habitats and an area near the lake is popular for birding. There are multiple large parking lots for easy access to the trails. Click here for more information on Springweather Nature Area.
Just before crossing the bridge to New Hampshire turn down towards the Connecticut River and visit Hoyt’s Landing. This is the perfect place to launch your kayak, canoe, or motorboat. If you are in a kayak or canoe and looking for quiet water, turn up the Black River and head towards the center of town. Hoyt’s Landing is also a popular summer spot for fishing and a popular access spot to ice fishing in the winter months. Click here for more information on Hoyt's Landing.
Click here to access the Springfield Trail Guide