Welcome to Woodchuck Lodge, Home of John Burroughs

“These hills fathered and mothered me. I am blood of their blood and bone of their bone, and why should I not go back to them in my last years?”

John Burroughs, Literary Naturalist, 1910

Woodchuck Lodge was built by John’s brother in 1862, 15 years after John was born, on the east end of the Burroughs family farm. The Burroughs’ homestead where both boys grew up is a mile away up the road and was built when John was 13 years of age. Woodchuck Lodge was John’s retreat in retirement. John Burroughs’ grave is a stroll up the road from Woodchuck Lodge at Boyhood Rock.

The View From The Porch

Our 2023 Wild Saturdays program is set … hope to see you at the Lodge!

UPDATE: Our October 7th event will feature artist Patrice Lorenz, whose works have been inspired by John Burroughs.


Free, guided tours of Woodchuck Lodge are offered the first Saturday of the month, May to October, 11am to 3pm. Burroughs Memorial Field, the author’s burial site, is open year round, dawn to dusk, and is just up the road from the Lodge. Come learn about the lodge from our fabulous docents!

May 6 Pete France
June 3 Diane Galusha
July 1 Paul Misko
August 5 Bill Birns
August 6 Pete France
Sept. 2 BillBirns
Sept. 3 Diane Galusha
Oct. 7 Joe Farleigh
Oct. 8 Joe Farleigh

I Hiked John Burroughs Country!

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of John Burroughs’ death, we commissioned a gorgeous patch that anyone can earn by hiking 4 of 5 Burroughs-centric hiking trails:

• Trout Lily Trail (behind Woodchuck Lodge) • Boyhood Rock (just up the road!) And 2 out of 3 of the following: • Slide Mountain • Rochester Hollow • Slabsides  

Once you’ve hiked 4 trails, click here for your patch (free for the first 100 respondents!). Co-Sponsored by Great Western Catskills of Delaware County and John Burroughs’ Woodchuck Lodge.