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Macrae Farm Park

Trail Overview

A network of trails through farmland and a flood plain forest, with river views, meadow loops, and a hilltop trail looking out to Mount Mansfield and Camel's Hump. 
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Trail Activity
Walking Snowshoeing
2.90 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Colchester (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass/Meadow
Permitted on leash
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A network of trails through farmland and a flood plain forest. Some areas are an active Winooski River backwater (floods every year). Excellent views of the Winooski River; the Hilltop View trail looks out over Mt. Mansfield and Camel's Hump. Trail network includes two circular trails, one through the upper and one through the lower meadow; here the trails are a wide mowed swath. 

This land, approximately 160 acres, was originally farmed by the Macrae sisters. Today an old town road that used to run through the property exists as a footpath.

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)

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

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Keep wildlife wild: do not feed, follow, approach, or otherwise harass wild animals. Doing so may alter their natural behaviors.
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Trailhead Information

From Burlington, take Route 127 North to Colchester. Turn right at the intersection of 127/Macrae Road/Porter's Point Road. Follow Macrae Road to the end of the road which will eventually turn to dirt, cross over the small bridge, and park in the designated parking area (ADA-accessible). The meadow and river trails start here and the Hilltop Trail starts back across the bridge and to the right.

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