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
Walking Hiking Mountain biking Snowshoeing Ungroomed cross-country skiing
Length
3.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Town
Burlington (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

Trails meander throughout the fertile floodplain of the Winooski River, crossing farm fields, traveling through riparian forests, and over bridges that cross small tributaries to the Winooski. Trails are well marked, including the Burlington Wildway Trail which connects west to Ethan Allen Park via the 127 Bike Path and east to McKenzie Park and the Intervale Center. A wide variety of birdlife can be found among the wetlands, regenerative plantings, and riparian forests here. Informational signs can be found describing the indigenous Abenaki people who live here, the history of the Allen family, and the Black Snake Affair. All trails are open for hiking, but some do not allow bicycles.

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:

  • PETS MUST BE KEPT ON LEASH
  • 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
info@wvpd.org
View website

Trail Tips

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Be prepared for extreme weather. Bring rain/wind gear, warm clothing, and matches/fire starters.
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Trailhead Information

From northbound Route 127, take the "North Ave Beaches" exit. The road to the Ethan Allen Homestead is directly off the exit ramp on the right. Heading Southbound, take the "North Ave Beaches" exit and turn left at the end of the ramp, following signs for Ethan Allen Homestead.

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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