Just southeast of Camel’s Hump State Park, Pratt Refuge blends beauty, birdsong, and cutting-edge conservation science

Looking for a little solitude? You might find it high up on Ward Hill in Duxbury, Vermont. This hidden gem reveals a dramatic view of Camel’s Hump, Vermont’s most iconic mountain. This is a quiet, secluded space. You may feel you have it all to yourself. But don’t be fooled: the place is teeming with life.

Fred Pratt, who conserved this land in 2000 and later donated it outright to us, has logged sightings of nearly 120 bird species since 1970. Migratory songbirds travel far and wide to take shelter in the land’s two acres of meadow and in the surrounding forest. So, pull up, slow down, and take in all that this birding paradise has to offer.