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From downtown Burlington, take Route 7 south approximately 9 miles. From Shelburne Village, follow Route 7 south past Shelburne Museum to the light at the top of the hill, turn left (east) onto Marsett Road. Follow straight through a stop sign (now Falls Road) until just after the bridge over the La Platte River Waterfalls; turn right immediately after the bridge onto Thomas Road. Follow Thomas Road up the hill and after it bends east, turn into the first marked driveway entrance of the Vermont Zen Center (480 Thomas Road). Find marked parking spot within the Center’s parking area and follow trail signs to the beginning of the trail.

Other Information

The Natural Area is owned and managed by the Vermont Zen Center. Open dawn to dusk. No dogs, motorized recreation, horseback riding, or camping is allowed. There are no facilities.

Trail Manager

Visit Lake Champlain Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Lake Champlain Land Trust
1 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 862-4150


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