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Ethan Allen Park

Historic forest park with paved and dirt trails leading to an observation tower with views spanning from Lake Champlain to Mt. Mansfield.
Trail Activity
4.2 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Burlington (VT)
Paved/Cement, Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


This lovely wooded park provides refuge from the urban landscape. One of the first city forest parks in the United States, this park has a long history which includes ownership by Ethan Allen and the erecting 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 at the north end of the park. The Burlington Wildway Trail, a miles long trail connecting parks throughout the city, is blazed through the park and connects all the way to Salmon Hole Park on Riverside Avenue near Winooski. 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 the 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.

Other Information

  • Please keep pets on a leash to protect wildlife and fragile vegetation off the trail while respecting the safety of other park users and their pets
  • Please stay on established trails
  • This park has no restrooms
  • No motorized vehicles
  • No camping

Trail Manager

Visit Burlington Department of Parks & Recreation online for more information or contact:

Burlington Department of Parks & Recreation

Burlington Department of Parks & Recreation
311 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 310-4675
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Keep campfires small and contained to established fire rings in permitted sites only.
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Trailhead Information

From downtown Burlington, take North Avenue north and turn right into the park entrance at the stoplight for Ethan Allen Parkway. The lot can accommodate over 20 vehicles.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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