Support your local economy! Check out our new Trailside Services business portal. Learn how to add your business here!

Paradise Park

This is the print view for this trail. View the full trail posting.

Various short loops through mature forests, fields, and along a stream with access to the beauty surrounding the shores of Lake Runnemede. Numerous benches and picnic areas.
Trail Activity
Length
5.2 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Windsor (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass/Meadow, Road, Unpaved
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Paradise Park provides a lovely series of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing through mature forest, along a stream, and around the fields and shoreline adjacent to Lake Runnemede. Multiple trails can make this a very easy half-mile hike or add some loops for a 5-mile varied terrain outing. There are numerous benches for viewing and resting and picnic locations, including a large picnic area with overhead protection, fire pits, and water source. Watch for deer, fox, otter, beaver, and a wide variety of native and migratory birds in this preserve, located on a portion of the original late 1800’s estate of William Maxwell Evarts, a former Attorney General of the United States.

To honor Windsor as the site of the signing of the Vermont Constitution, the lake was named for the location where the Magna Carta was signed. 

Interesting features include: a dyke separating Evarts Pond and Route 5, a gazebo with views of Mt. Ascutney, and a covered picnic area with fire pits and water source.

Other Information

Prohibited Uses: No motorized vehicles allowed in park or on water. Dogs must be leashed.

Nearby Restaurants: Pizza Chef, Yummy Yummy (Chinese), Windsor Station (Pub), and Juniper Hill Inn (reservation required, fine dining)

Nearby Attractions: Windsor Constitution House - accessible via Route 5 or from the park, Precision Museum - downtown Windsor, Historic Windsor House, Simon Pierce Glass Blowing facility - Route 5, Harpoon Brewery - Route 5.

Trail Manager

Visit Paradise Park Commission online for more information or contact:

Paradise Park Commission
PO Box 47
Windsor, VT 05089
Phone: 802-674-6786
robbinspj@aol.com
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.

Trailhead Information

From I-91 Hartland Exit 9, take VT-12/US-5 south into Windsor (3.8 miles). Take a right at the traffic light onto State Street and continue 0.7 miles to County Road. Take another right on County Road toward the hospital and follow this for 0.2 miles. At the bottom of a short hill watch for the parking area for Paradise Park on your right. If you reach the hospital on your left, you have just missed the park! Walk-in trail access is also available from Eddie’s Place and Runnemede Lane, near the Price Chopper grocery store located on VT-12/US-5 just before the downtown area.

Legend
Hide All
Join In on the Fun!
Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Trail Finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more!
Your log in attempt was not successful. Please try again.
    Lost your password? Reset your password
    Don't yet have an account?
    There was an issue with your submission. Please try again.
      * Indicates required field
      Please check the box below before submitting.
      Already have an account? Login here
      Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account.
      There was an issue with your submission. Please try again.

        Success! A new password has been emailed to you.

        Log in now

        Please wait…