Macrae Farm Park
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.
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.
- 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)
Visit Winooski Valley Park District online for more information or contact:
Winooski Valley Park District
Ethan Allen Homestead
Burlington, VT 05408
Phone: (802) 863-5744
Check for nearby geocaches to Macrae Farm Park.
Leave No Trace Principle
Minimize Campfire Impacts
Consider using a cooking stove and alternative light source (flashlight, candle, lantern) instead of building a campfire.