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Whenever I’m feeling a little stressed, a nice hike is all it takes to clear my mind and feel refreshed. There’s a lot of data to show that it helps with anxiety and depression. But don’t take my word for it. There are so many trails in Chittenden County to explore, just grab your boots and go. And if hiking isn’t your cup of tea, you can also find trails for biking or cross-country skiing.

Bolton Trails

Burlington Trails

Charlotte Trails

Colchester Trails

Essex Trails

Essex Junction
Trails

Jericho Trails

Hinesburg Trails

Huntington Trails

Milton Trails

Richmond Trails

Shelburne Trails

South Burlington

Trails

Underhill Trails

Westford Trails

Williston Trails

Winooski Trails

BOLTON VALLEY RESORT WINTER TRAILS

Bolton

This 36.6 mile network offers trails for skiers of all abilities. Most trails are for seasonal use (snow activities only). Hiking is allowed in the summer months on Broadway and Bryant Trails. Access is available from the parking area for Bolton Valley Resort at the end of Bolton Valley Access Road. All winter visitors are required to purchase a trail pass from the Bolton Nordic Center.

JOHNNIE BROOK ROAD TRAIL

Richmond

This short trail follows an old road bed between Huntington Road and the maintained (unpaved) part of Johnnie Brook Road. The trail runs between woods and fields, and crosses Johnnie Brook at its midpoint.

VOLUNTEER GREEN TRAIL

Richmond

This short, but popular trail is maintained by the Richmond Trails Committee. It follows the Winooski River north from the Volunteer Green through a magnificent cottonwood stand.

OLD JERICHO ROAD TRAIL

Richmond

This short trail follows an old road bed uphill through a ravine, parallel to a small brook.

CAMEL'S HUMP STATE PARK
Bolton

Camel’s Hump is one of Vermont’s highest mountain peaks and easily the most recognizable by its double-humped profile. Views are spectacular, but weather can be unpredictable. Bamforth Ridge Trailhead is accessed from Duxbury Road in Bolton. Since there are various access points, please click "More Info" to see trail details.

VYCC TRAILS

Richmond

These trails have been established by VYCC using old roads and new trails on conserved land that was previously farm land, now mostly forested. The 2.6 mile mostly single-track network, has some some steep sections. But it is great for both relaxed hiking and runners.

SAFFORD UPLANDS 

NATURE PRESERVE

Richmond

This 1-mile hike goes through an old apple orchard and wooded hillside land, and is accessed from the Rivershore Trail. The land is used by hunters, so please use caution during hunting season.

WOLFRUN NATURAL AREA AND GATEWAY LAND

Bolton

This 1.7 mile network has trails for walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The southern part of the trail follows an old road, that also serves as a VAST trail in winter. The land is forested and moderately hilly with streams and ponds.

PRESTON FOREST LEGACY

Richmond

This 3.4 mile trail is on the Preston Forest Legacy conserved land just south of Richmond’s Round Church. A lower loop climbs about 300 feet above the Winooski River valley through conserved forested land and, an upper loop that climbs to about 1000 feet altitude.

WARREN AND RUTH BEEKEN RIVERSHORE TRAIL

Richmond

This 3.1 mile trail starts in Richmond and runs along the banks of the Winooski River all the way to Jonesville. The trail is used regularly by hikers, local residents walking their dogs, horseback riders, and bicyclists. Some sections are subject to seasonal flooding, and therefore not passable year-round.

ARMS PARK

Burlington

This 1.7 mile network is a series of ad hoc trails created by people on their way to/from the Burlington High School, which are more direct than the bike path/North Avenue. The trails also connect to the Rock Point School.

CENTENNIAL WOODS

Burlington

This 2.3 mile network includes 65 acres of mature conifer stands, mixed hardwoods, fields, streams, and wetlands adjacent to the University of Vermont campus. A well-developed trail system wanders through Centennial Woods.

ETHAN ALLEN HOMESTEAD

Burlington

These trails meander through the fertile floodplain of the Winooski River, crossing farm fields, and traveling through brush and bridges that cross the Winooski’s tributaries.

INTERVALE TRAIL

Burlington

The Intervale trail is great for walkers, bikers, and runners. The trail meanders along the Winooski River and along the borders of organic farm fields. Cross country ski trails are groomed in the Intervale when the weather allows, in partnership with Local Motion and other local organizations and businesses.

SALMON HOLE PARK

Burlington

This trail offers great views of the Winooski Falls. The trailhead is just a short walk from Winooski’s downtown area along the popular Riverside Avenue Path. Visitors can scramble across large open rocks that form the river’s edge, perfect for sunbathing or picnicking. Down river, the Salmon Hole trail merges with the River Walk to Salmon Hole Trail, which follows the riverbanks to Intervale Road.

RIVER WALK TO SALMON HOLE

Burlington

This short trail is along the Winooski River from Intervale Road to the Salmon Hole.

BATTERY PARK PATH
Burlington

The southern part of Battery Park on the hill parallel to Battery Street, also known as Battery Park Extension, offers a short cement multi-use path.

CYCLE THE CITY

Burlington

The Cycle the City loop starts near the ferry dock on the waterfront in downtown Burlington and heads north. Ascend a small hill in Ethan Allen Park, ride through the woods and on towards the Intervale. Both paved and unpaved options exist at this point prior to climbing to the University of Vermont campus and the historic hill section of the City.

ETHAN ALLEN PARK

Burlington

A short but hilly stroll includes a gazebo and historic tower as points of interest. The trail connects the New North End neighborhoods and the Route 127 Bike Path. The Cycle the City loop also goes through the park.

MOUTH OF THE WINOOSKI RIVER ROUTE

Burlington

Visit over a dozen parks, natural areas and trails along this route, including Ethan Allen’s homestead, Winooski Gorge Natural Area, and Intervale. Upon reaching Lake Champlain, head north on the Island Line Trail to the mouth of the Winooski River, or south on the trail to create a loop route with the Cross Vermont Trail.

ROUTE 127 PATH

Burlington

This off-road path connects Burlington’s Old North End and the New North End on a route paralleling North Avenue and Route 127. This path offers a view of the Intervale and Winooski River, and passes through the historic Ethan Allen Homestead and Ethan Allen Park.

BURLINGTON GREENWAY (BIKE PATH)

Burlington

With eight miles of paved pathway, this is a very popular destination for bikers, runners, walkers, skateboarders and more. The path begins just south of Oakledge Park and runs to the Winooski River toward Colchester. It’s a connection point to beaches, parks, residential neighborhoods and businesses. 

DELTA PARK

Burlington

The Island Line Trail passes through Delta park via a 12 foot wide, elevated walkway and provides bikers, in-line skaters, joggers, walkers, birders, and wetlands wildlife observers access to this restricted wildlife area. The Driftwood Beach access trail is a short walking trail through a turnstile at the Windermere Way end of the park. The trail leads to a driftwood beach with views west across the lake to the Adirondacks.

ISLAND LINE TRAIL

Burlington

This 12-mile trail goes along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington’s Waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake.

RENA CALKINS TRAIL

Burlington

This trail is named after the last working dairy farmer in Burlington, and is a flat trail that passes very close to the Winooski River. This mostly wooded land gets very muddy in the spring. The trail is a loop that circles back behind the Gardener’s Supply Pond and the Intervale Center, then joins the road and back to the trailhead.

RIVERSIDE AVENUE PATH

Burlington

This 10-foot wide paved path parallels Riverside Avenue on its northern side and has plenty of room for bicyclists and inline skaters. The trail intersects with Intervale Road, which leads to the Intervale Trail and eventually the Ethan Allen Homestead trail network. You’ll also find the trailhead for the River Walk to Salmon Hole just off Intervale Road, as well as the trailhead for Salmon Hole Park located on the eastern end of the path. The Riverside Avenue Bikepath ends at the Winooski River Bridge. The path does not continue onto this four-lane bridge.

CHARLOTTE PARK AND WILDLIFE REFUGE

Charlotte

This 3.1 mile network of hiking trails pass through diverse woodlands and wetlands as well as pastures and meadows. There are gravel trails for passive recreation that wind through 95 acres of agricultural lands.

PEASE MOUNTAIN

Charlotte

The 2.6 mile network at Pease Mountain is composed of an upper and lower loop, with two spur trails on the upper loop that afford some beautiful views of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain.

PLOUFFE LANE TRAIL

Charlotte

This 1.4 mile trail winds through 80 ares of meadows and woodlands with views of the Green Mountains.

CHARLOTTE TOWN LINK
Charlotte

The Charlotte Town Link Trail is a 7-mile long gravel path connecting the Charlotte town beach to the western village center, and then Mount Philo.

WILLIAMS WOODS 
NATURAL AREA

Charlotte

This 63-acre natural area includes a 1-mile loop trail in the heart of the preserve.

RAVEN RIDGE NATURAL AREA

Charlotte

The 1.8 mile trail offers an enjoyable hike up to the ridge with magnificent views of the Champlain Valley, and a chance to explore “The Oven”, home to a family of porcupines. Further along the ridge more views open up, and then the trail loops back through a mixed forest full of boulders and ridges. Please note that the ridge trail is closed from March 1- June 15 to protect nesting ravens and bobcats.

MELISSA & TREVOR MACK MEMORIAL TRAIL

Charlotte

Part of the Town Link Trail, this short trail serves mainly as a connector between the Co-Housing section and State Park Road.

MOUNT PHILO STATE PARK

Charlotte

This short and popular hike takes about 1-1.5 hours and will provide you with some spectacular views of Charlotte, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. There are picnic benches, a bathroom, campground and an enclosed pavilion at the top.

AIRPORT PARK

Colchester

Featuring some trails through the woods and wetlands nearby, and a connection to the Colchester Causeway to the north.

COLCHESTER POND

Colchester

The Loop Trail circumnavigates the pond and provides varied terrain. There are short climbs up hills in the woods, areas where the trail is right by the water, and a section across open fields. The trail becomes steep through the woods northwest and northeast of the pond. At the northern end of the pond, there is a short spur trail that leads to the shore.

ISLAND LINE TRAIL

Colchester

This 12-mile trail goes along Lake Champlain. The Island Line cruises through Burlington’s Waterfront and scoots out on the Colchester Causeway three miles into the middle of the lake.

ROSSETTI NATURAL AREA

Colchester

The wide, well-maintained trail leads to a wetland boardwalk and quiet Lake Champlain beach. It’s a great location for an easy walk, viewing turtles, frogs, and other wetland species from boardwalk.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN 
NATURAL AREA

Milton

With its rolling hay fields, sugar maple forests, rocky ledges, and stunning Lake Champlain views, a trip to Eagle Mountain offers visitors a quintessential Vermont hiking experience.

SCHULTZ TRAIL

Westford

This primarily flat, grassy trail crosses through private lands with gentle slopes passing beaver ponds, pasture, and large pines.

COLCHESTER BIKEPATHS
Colchester

This 2-mile paved, off-road municipal path connects trails in the town of Colchester.

DELTA PARK

Colchester

The Island Line Trail passes through Delta park via a 12 foot wide, elevated walkway and provides bikers, in-line skaters, joggers, walkers, birders, and wetlands wildlife observers access to this restricted wildlife area. The Driftwood Beach access trail is a short walking trail through a turnstile at the Windermere Way end of the park. The trail leads to a driftwood beach with views west across the lake to the Adirondacks.

MACRAE FARM ROAD

Colchester

A network of trails through farmland and a flood plain forest, providing excellent views of the Winooski River. The Hilltop View trail looks out over Mt. Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. The trail network includes two circular trails, one through the upper and one through the lower meadow.

WINOOSKI NATURE TRAIL

Colchester

This scenic trail goes along the Winooski River to the falls, with rock cliffs and the railroad trestle crossing the river. It’s generally well-maintained and easy to walk, except for a few steep inclines.

LAMOILLE RIVER WALK

Milton

This trail is a lovely walk along the Lamoille River. The lower Lamoille River is the last stretch of an 85-mile waterway that flows west into Lake Champlain. At the east end of the trail you can see the first dam that was built on the lower Lamoille. The beginning of the trail also offers a unique foot bridge. This area is also popular for fishing.

COLCHESTER BOG

Colchester

Located along the shore of Lake Champlain, this 175-acre natural area consists of open peatland, shrub and tree dominated swamps, open water areas called lags, sand dunes and upland sites. A boardwalk and floating deck lets visitors explore the bog without getting soaked or damaging the fragile wetland moss and sedge.

GILBROOK NATURAL AREA

Colchester

The trail has many offshoots which take you through wetlands and hilly forest areas. Most of the trail is wooded and flat, with one small dip down and back up a very small hill at the dam.

NIQUETTE BAY STATE PARK

Colchester

With an extensive trail network, Niquette Bay State Park is the perfect place to boat, swim, hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski, or picnic. There are miles of family-friendly trails with beautiful outcrops and several viewpoints, and access to a sandy beach on Lake Champlain. The Allen Trail is the only trail on which bicycles are allowed.

BOMBARDIER PARK

Milton

The park offers over 3 miles of maintained trails for hiking, running, biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and bird watching. The southern portion of the park includes 43 acres of undeveloped land.

MILTON TOWN FOREST

Milton

This scenic trail goes along the Winooski River to the falls, with rock cliffs and the railroad trestle crossing the river. It’s generally well-maintained and easy to walk, except for a few steep inclines.

FORESTDALE NATURAL AREA
Essex

The Forestdale Natural Area contains two miles of woodland trails in an area bounded by Allen Martin Parkway, Saxon Hollow Road, Alder Brook Road, and the Circ Highway.

MATHIEU TOWN FOREST

Essex

The forest offers a network of winding trails over varied, often steep terrain. The trails are open to the public for non-motorized recreational uses such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, running, and mountain biking.

ESSEX BIKE PATH

Essex

Walk, run, bike, or rollerblade along this 2.5 mile paved bike path. This off-road multi-use path starts on Main Street and turns right on Brickyard Road.

TROWBRIDGE CROSSING

Essex Junction

This short one-half mile wetland trail connects Essex Elementary and nearby neighborhoods. It includes a rustic bridge crossing.

STEVENS PARK

Essex Junction

This 8-acre park land includes nature trails.

FORT ETHAN ALLEN PARADE GROUNDS
& PARK

Essex

The Fort Ethan Allen Parade Grounds & Park is a 19-acre community park that includes a walking trail. The trails consist of three loops: a 0.68-mile loop, a smaller 0.44-mile loop, or the one-mile loop.

OVERLOOK PARK & WOODSIDE NATURAL AREA

Essex

Overlook Park and the Woodside Natural Area cover 58 acres south of Route 15 across from Fort Ethan Allen bordering the Winooski River. A loop trail circles Woodside Natural Area, passing near the river at several points. The trail is open to the public for non-motorized recreational uses such as hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and running.

SHILLINGFORD CROSSING

Essex

This one-half mile woods trail extends from the Champlain Valley Exposition to the crest of Pinecrest Drive. The path runs along a branch of Sunderland Brook between neighborhoods. It is adjacent to backyards, but retains a woodland ambience.

MAPLE STREET PARK

Essex Junction

This 38-acre park land includes nature trails.

INDIAN BROOK PARK

Essex

This 7.8 mile multi-use path is shared by hikers, horseback riders, dog-walkers, and mountain bikers. The loop is a wide-track beginner / intermediate trail with a few climbs that will challenge beginners. There is a much more challenging mountain bike trail that begins from the upper right parking lot (the boat launch area) and winds it way up to the look out. You must have a resident pass.

PEARL STREET PARK

Essex

The trail in Pearl Street Park is a short loop through the park. It starts as a paved path between the tennis courts and the playground. As it goes around the ball fields, it becomes a grassy path. It then enters the woods and loops back, crossing a tributary of Sunderland Brook. It exits the woods between the basketball court and the tennis courts. The trail can be used by hikers and bikers.

SAND HILL PARK

Essex

Sand Hill Park is a small trail network that winds through a shady forest of mostly pine, with a collection of wildflowers lining the trails. Consisting of two loops and a spur trail, these trails began life as an exercise trail.

GEORGE R. CLAPP
NATURE TRAIL

Essex Junction

This short walk includes a small pond, lookout platform, and a bridge. The trail is great for young children.

MILLS RIVERSIDE
PARK TRAILS

Jericho

This 4.9 mile trail network is accessed by the Mills Riverside Park. There are three loops that mountain bikers would find of medium difficulty.

OLD RED MILL
PARK TRAILS

Jericho

This 12 acre park includes trails along a bubbling stream with huge boulders, waterfalls and pools, a knoll wooded with white pine and hemlocks and unusual rock formations. Parts of the trail are steep.

MOBBS HILL TRAILS
Jericho

Mobbs Hill hosts a variety of trails suitable for walking and biking. A technically advanced 3.5 mile mountain bike loop winds its way among other multi-use trails. The Americana trail has steep ascents and descents, technical single track, small drop-offs, and a couple areas of exposure on the “Lost Island” section.

MOUNT MANSFIELD WEST: STEVENSVILLE TRAILHEAD

Underhill

The Stevensville Trailhead provides access to several alternative routes, including exciting rocky trails with numerous vistas, to the busy summit of Mt. Mansfield.

MOBBS VALLEY TRAILS

Jericho

Used by walkers, bikers, hunters and naturalists, this 5.2 mile variable terrain attracts a wide variety of wildlife. Singletrack mountain bike trails interlace with wider, level paths. The Mobbs Valley trails take advantage of the topography. There is even a swimming hole.

UNDERHILL STATE PARK

Underhill

Underhill State Park features trails that lead up to the Long Trail which then proceeds to the top of Mount Mansfield, the Chin. From Underhill Center, continue onto Pleasant Valley Road, then turn onto Mountain Road and follow for 2.7 miles to the end.

GEPRAGS PARK TRAILS

Hinesburg

Here you will find over two miles of foot trails on conserved public land located less than a mile from the Hinesburg village center. You’ll find forest and field trails, a barn to offer shelter from the sun or rain, and a couple of park benches to enjoy a short rest.

LITTLE COUNTRY HILLS

Hinesburg

This bike ride contains many climbs but they are not long and the downhills are nice. From Hinesburg, you travel through farm country and country homes, to suburban neighborhoods and into Shelburne Village.

GREEN MOUNTAIN AUDOBON CENTER

Huntington

The Green Mountain Audubon Center, with its five miles of trails, provides a number of recreational and educational opportunities. From bird watching, hiking and relaxation by the Huntington River in the summer, to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, the trail system offers something for everyone.

GILLESPIE/COPP-WELCH TRAILS
Hinesburg

With 3.2 miles of foot trails located a few miles southeast of Hinesburg village center, here you’ll find both forest and field trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding on.

RUSSELL FAMILY TRAILS

Hinesburg

Two miles of trails are located right in Hinesburg’s Village Center. These rolling trails are suitable for a variety of uses, including mountain bikes. Some parts of the Perimeter Trail and some of the interior sugaring trails are suitable for horses.

HUNTINGTON CENTER RIVER PATH

Huntington

This is a short trail that follows the Huntington River and a small feeder stream, with mountain views including Camel’s Hump Mountain. Except for one little spot, this is a flat easy trail, good for kids and people who aren’t used to a lot of hiking.

HINESBURG TOWN FOREST

Hinesburg

Several miles of foot, bike, horse, and ATV trails located a few miles southeast of Hinesburg village center. For mountain bikers, there are 18+ miles of singletrack for all levels of riding. These forest trails offer something for almost everyone – for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, or horseback. The forest also offers a well marked long circuitous loop – the Eagle’s Trail.

CAMEL'S HUMP STATE PARK

Huntington

Camel’s Hump is one of Vermont’s highest mountain peaks and easily the most recognizable by its double-humped profile. Views are spectacular, but weather can be unpredictable. The Burrows and Forest City Trailheads are accessed from Camel’s Hump Road, off Route 17 in Huntington Center.

LAPLATTE RIVER MARSH NATURAL AREA

Shelburne

The 1-mile preserve marsh trail keeps to the high ground on the west side of the river mouth and offers tranquil wildlife observtion. At the one mile mark, the trail comes to a peaceful overlook.

SHELBURNE FARMS

Shelburne

Explore woodlands, meadows, and vistas on 8 miles of trails. Weather permitting, the walking trails are open year-round from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

UPPER LAPLATTE RIVER NATURAL AREA

Shelburne

This 1.2 mile trail is perfect for a family hike, picnic, cross-country ski, or snowshoe.

WEBSTER ROAD PATH

Shelburne

This is a nice paved multi-use trail in Shelburne that runs for about 1 mile between a development just below Speer Street and Route 7 (Shelburne Road).

SHELBURNE POND

Shelburne

The 1-mile H. Laurence Achilles trail loop maintained by the University of Vermont is easy-to-hike and leads you through upland forest to several scenic sites.

SHELBURNE BAY PARK
Shelburne

The Rec Path begins from the parking lot along the road and proceeds along between wood and meadow. It is flat, accessible, and popular. The Allen Hill Trail ascends rapidly and stays along the water. The Clark Trail is relatively short and parallels the Rec Path.

TI-HAUL TRAIL

Shelburne

This mile-long recreation trail was once a special road constructed to move the steamboat Tconderoga to the Shelburne Museum. The trail starts on Bay Road near Shelburne Bay Park, and connects to Harbor Road, just west of the Shelburne Community School.

AWASIWI TRAIL

South Burlington

This one mile suburban trail connects several neighborhoods along Potash Brook. It passes by a seasonal snowboard training park near South Burlington High School athletic fields.

MUDDY BROOK PARK

South Burlington

This is a short wooded, fern-covered trail parallel to the Winooski River. It’s a great spot for bird-watching and picnicking.

SOUTH BURLINGTON RECREATION PATH

South Burlington

This 24.5 mile network is great for bike commuting.

DORSET PARK

South Burlington

This 2.5 mile network includes Pleasant hikes through woods and fields with nice views of the Green Mountains.

RED ROCKS PARK

South Burlington

The Red Rocks trails loop through hemlock and pine forests and emerge onto the rocky shoreline, where there are spectacular views of Lake Champlain, Shelburne Bay, and the Adirondacks.

WHALES TALES WALKING PATH

South Burlington

This 1.7 mile trail is located off Community Drive; the trailhead will be on your right as you round the curve.