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Ethan Allen Homestead

With the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum in the center, the Burlington Wildway Trail and others branch out to connect to riverside trails and bike paths, and pass community gardens and picnic areas.
Trail Activity
3.3 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Burlington (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder


Trails meander throughout the fertile floodplain of the Winooski River, crossing farm fields, traveling through riparian forests, and over bridges that cross the Winooski's tributaries. Trails are well marked. Lots of birdlife. The Burlington Wildway Trail runs through the Homestead and connects to Ethan Allen Park to the west and McKenzie Park and the Intervale Center to the east.

Park highlights include:

  • Restored home of Ethan and Fanny Allen (for paid tours call (802) 865-4556)
  • Several miles of walking and cross-country ski trails
  • Secluded fishing and picnic spots along the Winooski River
  • Elevated boardwalks through wetlands

Other Information

The open air picnic shelter features a large stone fireplace - perfect for toasting marshmallows at your next event! The shelter has electricity and water and there is ample parking. Nature trails, wetland walks and canoe and fishing access make the picnic shelter an inviting location for events, reunions, and parties. Reservations are required. To make a reservation call the Winooski Valley Park District Office at (802) 863-5744.

Park Rules:

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

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
View website

Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails and campsites. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.
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Trailhead Information

From northbound Route 127, take the "North Beaches" exit. The road to the Ethan Allen Homestead is directly off the exit ramp on the right.

From North Avenue, head east towards 127 following signs for the Ethan Allen Homestead and 127 North and take a left toward the Homestead before getting on 127.

Park at the museum parking lot at the end of the road or the smaller lot shortly after turning onto the access road.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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