Salmon Hole Park

A web of trails lead down to the Winooski River banks just below the Lower Falls Dam where a rapids and pools make a great spot for fishing or just enjoying nature.
Trail Activity
Hiking Snowshoeing
0.5 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Burlington (VT)
Gravel/Crushed Stone/Cinder, Packed Earth/Dirt, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging, Stairways/Ladders
Permitted on leash


Located between Chittenden County's most urban areas, this trail offers great views of the Lower Falls on the Winooski River along with historic mill buildings on the far banks. Several eddying pools are separated by rapids that surround a small island with many places to sit and fish. The trailhead is just a short walk from Winooski's charming downtown area along the popular Riverside Avenue Path. From the small parking lot, use the Riverside Avenue path to walk south and then follow a gravel trail down the bank to enter the park. After descending away from the avenue, you'll find pleasant footpaths with benches to rest on. Once closer to the river, visitors can scramble across large open rocks that form the river's edge, perfect for sunbathing or picnicking. Down river, the Salmon Hole trail merges with the River Walk to Salmon Hole Trail, which follows the riverbanks to Intervale Road and forms the start of the Burlington Wildway Trail. This trail connects to the Intervale Center, Ethan Allen Homestead, and Ethan Allen Park several miles away.

Highlights of this trail include:

  • Nature close to home
  • Wildflowers, scenic views and fishing
  • Start of 8 mile canoe trail to Lake Champlain
  • On bus line
  • Nearby restaurants

Other Information

Park Rules:

  • Parks are free and open from dawn to dusk
  • The park welcomes hikers, anglers, paddlers, 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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Trailhead Information

A small dirt parking lot is found on the west side of Riverside Avenue in Burlington, just 200 yards south of the bridge to Winooski.

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