Rock Point

Offering beautifully built trails ranging from rocky cliffs to the sandy shores of Lake Champlain, this trail system has both rugged and accessible trails leading to stunning vistas.
Trail Activity
Accessible Experience Walking Hiking
Length
2.6 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Burlington (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, Paved/Cement, Grass/Meadow, Stairways/Ladders, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

Looking for hiking trails in Burlington, Vermont? Look no further than Burlington's hidden gem, Rock Point Property - a system of PUBLIC trails on PRIVATE property. Each year, nearly 10,000 people come to Rock Point, finding a place to walk, seek solitude, learn, play, sing, pray, think, share, and be. Rock Point is a welcoming sanctuary in the heart of Burlington, and our hiking trails are accessible for visitors of all abilities. We welcome community members and ask you to respect the guidelines below, which will keep this unique natural area protected for others to enjoy.

Rock Point offers over two miles of accessible walking and hiking trails on 130 acres of privately owned and conserved land along the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington. Our trails are available for public use thanks to a partnership with the Lake Champlain Land Trust and the City of Burlington (see guidelines). Thanks to a partnership with City of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, our trail system links up with the City's. The trail system was renovated in 2020 and now features kiosks at trailheads, wayfinding maps at junctions, and blazes along the trails along with a universal access trail. Note that portions of the Holy Trinity Trail are closed for part of the summer to provide privacy for summer camps.

There is no charge to use Rock Point's Hiking Trails, but you must obtain a trail pass before arriving: Click here to get a trail pass.
We invite you to consider a voluntary contribution to help maintain Rock Point and its trails.

Other Information

  • HOURS: Dawn to dusk; no night-time hiking.

  • DOGS: ALL dogs must be properly leashed and with you at all times. This helps to protect the endangered species and vulnerable soil on our property, and also shows respect for other visitors who may not feel comfortable with dogs approaching them. Please clean up and dispose of waste.

  • LEAVE NO TRACE: Carry out what you carry in (no glass).

  • PRIVATE PROPERTY: Rock Point's trails are located on land that is privately owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; please respect that some buildings and areas of the property are marked PRIVATE and are not open to the public.

  • STAY ON TRAILS: To protect endangered wildlife and keep trails maintained, stick to marked paths; no camping, boat launching, or hammocks.

  • RESPECT SIGNS & STAFF INSTRUCTIONS: Staff and volunteers may remind you of the property rules or ask you to respect specific instructions.  Please show respect for these requests.

  • NO SWIMMING: Rock Point beaches and waterfront are not open for public swimming.

  • NO BICYCLES: Rock point is home to many rare plants and thin soil that erodes easily (the Burlington Bike Path can be accessed from our property but bikes must be left at kiosk)

  • NO PICKING, FORAGING, FEEDING, HUNTING:  Please leave plants and wildlife alone.

  • NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, NO SMOKING

  • NO NUDITY

  • NO CAMPIRES or CAMPING

  • NO FIREWORKS

  • ROCK CLIMBING is limited to those who have registered with CRAG (see bottom of this page)

Trail Manager

Rock Point is owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and is protected under a conservation easement through the Lake Champlain Land Trust. Learn more about the trails and area here.

Episcopal Diocese of Vermont

Episcopal Diocese of Vermont
5 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05408
krobinson@diovermont.org
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Trail Tips

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Trailhead Information

Rock Point is best accessed by foot or bike.

  • From the North: Park at the Leddy Park Arena lot on Leddy Park Road and walk the Burlington Greenway Bike Path south to the kiosk and trailhead entrance. There is are racks to lock your bike here, as no bikes are allowed on Rock Point property.
  • From the South: Park at North Beach and walk the beach to the kiosk and trailhead near the northern end of the sand.
  • Disabled Parking Pass: If you have a disabled parking pass to display, you may park at the trailhead on Rock Point Road, found by turning left after crossing the bridge over the bike path.
Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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Trail Alerts

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Holy Trinity Trail Summer Camp Closure
June 5 – August 25

Portions of the Holy Trinity Trail are closed mid-June through mid-August to provide privacy for summer camps.

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