Grounds and Botany Trail
Only a small portion of the Art Center’s 120 acres has been cleared and developed. The rest consists of thick forest; populated by white birches, pines, and the occasional sculpture from our permanent collection.
During the summer, our extensive network of trails and paths, including the three-quarter mile Boswell Botany Trail, offer nature-lovers the chance to see abundant wildflowers, orchids, and ferns in a unique glacial microclimate. In the winter the grounds are perfect for snow-shoeing and cross country skiing. Throughout the year there is a chance of seeing white-tailed deer, fisher cats, black bears, and wild turkeys; not to mention the hundreds of different birds that call the valley between the Green Mountains and Taconic Mountains home.
For those looking for more challenging walks, our grounds have a direct link to the Nature Conservancy Path. Click here to visit an interactive trail map of their system. The SVAC Loop trail leads right into SVAC's western campus and gives hikers a wide variety of hikes to choose from--following the loop to the Equinox Pond for a relaxing afternoon, or make the day of it and hike to the summit of Equinox Mountain where one will be rewarded with panoramic views of Manchester and the surrounding area; on clear days one can see into New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.