Gowing’s Swamp

Year Acquired / 2012
Size / 7.2
Trails / 1
Properties / 2

In 2012 CLCT purchased a 7.2 acre portion of Gowing’s Swamp thanks to the generous support of the landowner and the community. This rare and beauiful bog is tucked away below a glacial ridge. The loop walk around the bog traverses protected land in three ownerships including this parcel owned by CLCT.


Large bog system with unusual plants, Interesting glaciated terrain

Trail Conditions

Generally easy walk on level to rolling terrain, a bridge to the northeast of Gowing’s Swamp requires stepping up and down and there’s one wet and rooty trail segment

Entrances / parking

Park in the Ripley School parking lot, then walk to the left of the building and through the playground.

The trail begins at the far end, just past the ‘gathering circle’.

Explore this land

The land regulations

Please stay on marked trails

Leave the land as you found it

Do not remove plants, wildlife, stones, or historical artifacts

Carry out litter and dog waste and dispose of properly

Dogs must be under control at all times

Please observe posted restrictions for horses and bicycles

No camping, fires, or hunting (except by special permission)

No alcoholic beverages

No motorized vehicles except to provide ADA access