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.


Due to interior restoration, tours are temporarily suspended. However, the grounds remain open, including hiking trails and picnic area. Wild Saturday programs are not affected, and we hope to see you there!

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.