2019 Herrick's Cove Festival

We are proud partners of the Herrick's Cove Festival, a community-wide nature festival that takes place the first Sunday in May each year in Rockingham, Vermont. This year's festival will take place May 5th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Herrick’s Cove, on the Connecticut River, hosts one of the most popular festivals in the area, with organizers reporting more than 2,000 people attending last year’s event.  The festival includes nature walks and live animals such as hawks, owls, coyotes, wolves, fish, turtles, and snakes.

“Vermonters really enjoy the wild animals and wild places that make the state so special,” said Forrest Hammond, bear project leader with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “This festival gives participants a chance to experience some of these animals firsthand and learn about the importance of conserving their habitats so future generations can appreciate them as well.”

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will host several exhibits at the event, including animal mounts, interactive demonstrations, hands-on fishing activities hosted by the department’s Let’s Go Fishing program, information on bears and bats, a 4-H shooting event as well as fun games for kids.  Other presenters include Jim Andrews on turtles, the Ascutney Mountain Audubon Society, The Nature Museum, and Great River Hydro.

Activities are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The suggested donation is $2.00 for an individual and $5.00 for a family.  Pets are not allowed. 

Herrick’s Cove is located just off Route 5, less than three miles north of Bellows Falls. See the map here.

The festival gives the local community a special opportunity to celebrate wildlife with live animal demonstrations, crafts, workshops, vendors, food and more. 

Directions to Herricks Cove

From the north: Take Exit 6 off I-91 and bear right off the ramp onto Rt. 103 south. Follow 103 to its junction with Rt. 5 (103 ends there) and turn left on to Rt. 5 north. After descending the hill and crossing the Williams River, take the first road to the right (Herricks Cove Rd.). Watch for signs. 

From the south: Take Exit 6 from I- 91 and at the end of the ramp turn left on to Rt. 5 north. Follow Rt. 5 past the junction with Rt. 103 (sharp right at the junction). After descending the hill and crossing the Williams River, proceed with directions above.