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Goodsell Ridge Preserve

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Isle La Motte, VT
+1 802-928-3364
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First concert in the Goodsell Ridge Preserve Barn

Yesterday the Isle la Motte Preservation Trust held its first classical concert in the restored... read more

Reviewed 11 September 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
Not on the way to anywhere!

Isle La Motte is the northernmost of the Champlain Islands. It is a sleepy place cherished by... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2017
Neil C
Isle La Motte, Vermont
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Isle La Motte, VT
+1 802-928-3364
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

Yesterday the Isle la Motte Preservation Trust held its first classical concert in the restored conservation barn on the Goodsell Ridge. More than 85 people enjoyed music from Dvorak, Paganini, Chopin, Mozart to Webber and Williams. The acoustics are wonderful and the performers were "top...More

Thank landon30
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Isle La Motte is the northernmost of the Champlain Islands. It is a sleepy place cherished by fisherman, boaters, bicyclists and those who enjoy getting away from it all. The Goodsell Ridge Preserve is an exposed portion of one of the oldest fossilized coral reefs...More

Thank Neil C
Reviewed 9 November 2016

About 45 min to an hour north of the Burlington VT area is a 480 million year old fossil reef. The history of the area and the fossils were interesting. My children were less interested in reading the explanatory posters and more interested in running...More

Thank Anne M
Reviewed 15 September 2016

wow, it is amazing to find out that that an internationally recognized well preserved 480 million old fossil reef is visible in NW Vermont. The easy hiking trails are well marked and the scenery is rolling native trees and grasses. I was pleased to see...More

Thank landon30
Reviewed 2 August 2016

You have to find the fossils yourself, but there are posters along the trails discussing ancient evolution and how the fossils came to be. Walking is easy, over grass and flat rock that house th fossils.

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Come visit the oldest coral reef in the world. Just look down and you'll see all sorts of fossils in the rocks. There are a number of walks through the property and all are easy. Visit the newly restored barn and the tiny museum for...More

Thank Susan G
Reviewed 13 August 2015

We went to Isle la motte for a bike ride and stopped in this preserve and were very glad we did. It is very interesting. Currently HP has an exhibit "a trip through time" which has a lot of information. The folks in the visitor...More

Thank Cazandkim
Reviewed 10 July 2015

I stumbled on the placards mounted through a meadow of wildflowers and adjacent woods and was blown away by the information, photos, and wonderful writing. So much fun for learners at any level.

2  Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed 2 September 2014

The preserve holds a few trails around the area, with basic timelines and history of the world signs guiding the way. The best part of the preserve is the fossils- but be prepared. You'll find a lot of swirly gastropod fossils, and that's about it....More

1  Thank csquared2014
Reviewed 18 August 2014

This site is a marvelous trip through history from several million years ago up to present day. There is a mile long walk through a field and woodlands with hundreds of rock formations which contain fossils from an ancient sea that once covered the area....More

Thank Bob_B_HH
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