North Hero State Park

Easy scenic wooded trails around the lakeshore state park.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking
Length
2.5 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
North Hero (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
Yes

Description

Walking trails include a minimally maintained park nature trail, as well as three abandoned campground loops with packed gravel roadways now closed to vehicles.  The far end of the park road also provides access to a concrete boat ramp, beach, and picnic area.

Fees are charged through a self-pay system at the park entrance.

Land for this 399-acre park was purchased in 1963. Nearly one-third of the land area lies below 100 feet in elevation. Lake Champlain fluctuates from about 95 to 101 feet above sea level, subjecting much of the park to seasonal inundation. The forest type in the floodplain area is uncommon in Vermont, found only around Lake Champlain. North Hero lakeside floodplain forest is noted for its size, relatively undisturbed condition, and the valuable wildlife habitat it provides.

Habitat improvement at North Hero has paid off. White-tailed deer are common. A variety of migratory waterfowl - mallards, blacks, wood ducks and more - nest in the wooded wetlands. Ruffed grouse and American woodcock find favorable conditions. Even fish - chain pickerel and northern pike - spawn and feed in the flooded areas. Map turtles, as well as other turtle species, nest along the beach. A section of the beach is roped off during nesting season so as to not disturb the turtles.

Other Information

Camping Information: Camping is no longer available at North Hero.

North Hero State Park
3803 Lakeview Drive,
North Hero, Vermont 05474
Park Phone: 802-372-8727

Open for day use: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM or official sunset
Season: Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend

Trail Manager

Visit Vermont State Parks online for more information and a printable map or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 3: Essex Region

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation Region 3: Essex Region
111 West Street
Essex Junction, VT 05452-4695
Phone: (802) 279-8329
robert.peterson@vermont.gov
View website

Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Make a Plan B before you head out the door. If the parking lot is full when you arrive at the trailhead, go to your second destination.
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Trailhead Information

Take US Route 2 to North Hero. From the village, go north on US Route 2 3.5 miles and then turn right on Lakeview Drive. Follow Lakeview Drive 3.5 miles until you get to the park entrance.

In the winter, park along the access road. Please do not block gate. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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