Please be aware that the northern half of Vermont was affected by major flooding. Roads to trailheads may not be open for the weekend, turn around if you encounter closed roads.

Colchester Pond

Gorgeous pond nestled amongst rolling hills offers hiking, paddling, and birding.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
3.10 miles, Loop
Colchester (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging
Permitted on leash



This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail. Be considerate of your fellow trail enthusiasts - pass at safe distances, wear masks, and move on from viewpoints if others are waiting.

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Colchester Pond welcomes hikers, anglers, paddlers, skaters, ice fisherman, birders, and naturalists. 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. It is mildly steep southwest of the pond and eventually runs through open fields. The trail is very well marked.

Please stay on designated trails out of respect for the park's wildlife and neighbors. A private road joins the loop trail southwest of the pond. This is not for public use.

Swimming: The shore is muddy and shallow, but once in, the water is fine. There is no beach.

Other Information

Park Rules:

  • Parks are free and open from dawn to dusk
  • The park welcomes hikers, anglers, paddlers, skaters, ice fishermen, birders, and naturalists
  • Dogs on leashes only
  • Not a staffed facility, enjoy at your own risk
  • Carry in, Carry out
  • Take only pictures and leave only footprints
  • No mountain bikes
  • No motor vehicles
  • No discharge of firearms
  • No hunting or trapping
  • No open fires of glass bottles
  • No motorized boats (including electric motors)

For people with special needs, call the Park District at (802) 863-5744 about special accommodations.

Trail Manager

Visit Winooski Valley Park District online for more information or contact:

Winooski Valley Park District

Winooski Valley Park District
Ethan Allen Homestead
Burlington, VT 05408
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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Trailhead Information

From Route 2 & 7 in Colchester, take 2A east to Colchester Village. Turn left onto East Road. Turn right onto Depot Road. Follow Depot Road, staying left until you reach the pond. The parking area is at the end of the road. NOTE: Please do not park along the road.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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