From I-91 Hartland Exit 9, take VT-12/US-5 south into Windsor (3.8 miles). Take a right at the traffic light onto State Street and continue 0.7 miles to County Road. Take another right on County Road toward the hospital and follow this for 0.2 miles. At the bottom of a short hill watch for the parking area for Paradise Park on your right. If you reach the hospital on your left, you have just missed the park! Walk-in trail access is also available from Eddie’s Place and Runnemede Lane, near the Price Chopper grocery store located on VT-12/US-5 just before the downtown area.
Paradise Park provides a lovely series of trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing through mature forest, along a stream, and around the fields and shoreline adjacent to Lake Runnemede. Multiple trails can make this a very easy half-mile hike or add some loops for a 5-mile varied terrain outing. There are numerous benches for viewing and resting and picnic locations, including a large picnic area with overhead protection, fire pits, and water source. Watch for deer, fox, otter, beaver, and a wide variety of native and migratory birds in this preserve, located on a portion of the original late 1800’s estate of William Maxwell Evarts, a former Attorney General of the United States.
To honor Windsor as the site of the signing of the Vermont Constitution, the lake was named for the location where the Magna Carta was signed.
Interesting features include: a dyke separating Evarts Pond and Route 5, a gazebo with views of Mt. Ascutney, and a covered picnic area with fire pits and water source.
Prohibited Uses: No motorized vehicles allowed in park or on water. Dogs must be leashed.
Nearby Restaurants: Pizza Chef, Yummy Yummy (Chinese), Windsor Station (Pub), and Juniper Hill Inn (reservation required, fine dining)
Nearby Attractions: Windsor Constitution House - accessible via Route 5 or from the park, Precision Museum - downtown Windsor, Historic Windsor House, Simon Pierce Glass Blowing facility - Route 5, Harpoon Brewery - Route 5.
Visit Paradise Park Commission online for more information or contact:
Paradise Park Commission
PO Box 47
Windsor, VT 05089
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Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.