Visiting Bluffside Farm
The public is welcome to explore this 129-acre farm in Newport located on the shores of beautiful Lake Memphemagog. Please review access guidelines, respect signs, and wear blaze orange during hunting season!
How to get to Bluffside Farm
From the south: Traveling north on Interstate 91, take Exit 27 toward Newport. Merge onto Route 191 North. After 2.2 miles turn right onto Route 5 North. Shortly after, stay straight onto Union Street (Route 5 will turn right). In a little less than a half-mile mile turn left onto Bluff Road. Follow Bluff road for a little under 1 mile. Go left on Scott Farm Road. The main parking lot will be on the right.
From the north: Traveling south on Interstate 91, take Exit 28 for Route 5 South/105 West toward Newport. After a mile turn right on Shattuck Hill Road. After 1.2 miles turn left on Darling Hill Road. In just under half a mile, turn right onto Prouty Drive. After about a mile, bear right on Prouty Drive. After 7/10 of a mile bear to the right onto Bluff Road. After a third of a mile take a left onto Scott Farm Road. The main parking lot will be on the right.
Where to park
There is limited parking available at two spots:
- The main parking area is near the entrance to Scott Farm Road, in front of the sugarhouse (shown below).
- A smaller lot is on Bluff Road, at the start of the new rec path.
- Please do not park in the farmstead area or on the fields. If both parking areas are full, visitors can use one of the other parking lots associated with the rec path, at the Gateway Center, Prouty Beach, or North Country Hospital.
Recreation Rules & Guidelines
- Please read and respect any signs you see directing uses or activities on the property. Travel is at your own risk.
- There is limited parking available near the entrance to Scott Farm Road, in front of the sugarhouse. A smaller lot is on Bluff Road, at the start of the new rec path. Please do not park in the farmstead area or on the fields.
- This is working farm and forestland, so please stay on trails and be mindful of trucks and farm equipment.
- Because parts of the land are actively farmed, we ask that you stay off the hayfields, stay clear of farm equipment and fences, and do not enter any buildings.
- Informal trails as marked on the map are pedestrian only, for walking and snowshoeing. The new rec path is open to walkers, bicyclists, and skiers.
- Please wear blaze orange during hunting season.
- Daytime use only. There is no access between sunset and sunrise.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times; please clean up after your pet.
- We cannot accommodate horses at this time.
- Please carry in and carry out all trash.
- Alcohol is not allowed.
Please note: Bald eagles may be present and nesting between February and August. Please respect the signage on the ground to minimize disturbance during the nesting season
Check out our latest trail map with the new recreation path and the protective ‘Eagle Nest Buffer’ denoted in red. Learn more about Bald eagles and the buffer.
Photos taken by Caleb Kenna and VLT staff members.