This lovely wooded park provides refuge from the urban landscape. One of the first urban forest parks in the United States, this park has a long history which includes ownership by Ethan Allen and the erection of an observation tower in 1905 thanks to Mayor William Van Patten who eventually donated the land to the city. The tower is open to the public Mother's Day to Indigenous People's Day on weekends and weekdays Memorial Day to Labor Day. Two paved paths connect the parking lot and Ethan Allen Parkway to the 127 Bike Path across Route 127 at the north end of the park. By following the blazes, hikers can take the Burlington Wildway Trail through the park all the way to the Intervale and Salmon Hole Park over five miles away. The Cycle the City Loop also goes through the park. Other dirt trails form loops around the thrust fault cliffs that run down the spine of the park. In the northern part of the park is Ethan Allen Pinnacle, flatter and grassier than it sounds, which boasts a gazebo, garden, picnic table, and view of Lake Champlain and Grand Isle. A playground is found by the parking lot.
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From downtown Burlington, take North Avenue north and turn right into the park entrance at the traffic light at the Ethan Allen Parkway intersection. The lot can accommodate about 20 vehicles.
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