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Whales Tails Walking Path

Whales' Tails, in New England's only landlocked state.
Trail Activity
1.70 miles, Loop
South Burlington (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt, Grass/Meadow



This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail. Be considerate of your fellow trail enthusiasts - pass at safe distances, wear masks, and move on from viewpoints if others are waiting.

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Vermont's famous Whales' Tails sculpture is seen by thousands every day -- er, rather, hundreds (this is Vermont) -- as they whiz by in their cars on I-89. This trail will take you around for a close-up look at the black granite sculpture, which stands 12-13 feet tall. The sculpture's real title, "Reverence," is meant to evoke the fragility of the planet. Jim Sardonis of Randolph, VT, created the piece in 1989.

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Trailhead Information

From Burlington, take Williston Road (Route 2) east out of town, towards Williston. Turn right onto Kennedy Drive (a left turn here will bring you to the airport), then take a left onto Kimball Ave. Take the second right onto Community Drive; the trailhead will be on your right as you round the curve.

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August 31, 2018
While this sculpture is commonly referred to as the Whale Tails, it actually called Reverence and was sculpted by Jim Sardonis in 1989.
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