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We hiked the loop indicated on this map which circled the entire park and was about 2.5 hours, But there are a variety of shortcuts. The trail crosses a brook, descends to a beautiful cove on the shore of Lake Champlain that ideal for a swim (too cold in mid September) and ascends (about 550 ft.) to two lookout points, one that views the lake Champlain Islands and northern Adirondack Mountains in New York state to the east, and another facing west to view Mt. Mansfield. There is plenty of interesting terrain, rock formation and forest vegetation to keep the trail interesting. You're not likely to see too much wildlife, except maybe for groups of elementary school children, as we did and locals walking their dogs (my sense is that the park is quite popular.) There was a poetry walk on one of the trails, with poems set along the path. Also there is a $4 entrance fee per person so bring cash.

This park is ONLY open to Essex VT residents with a valid Indian Brook Park Pass! But here’s a little secret- there is no park employee at the entrance to check passes in the late fall through early spring- so if you’re not an Essex resident you’re out of luck for the summer but......
Posted signs say Dogs are allowed OFF leash here as long as they are in voice control. They only have to be leashed in parking lots and in the picnic area.
Lots of other trails besides main loop around the lake- worth checking out. Great for snowshoeing and x-country skiing in the winter.

Nice trail - the meadow entrance trail is out and back but once you are in the woods there are many loops available which can also lenthen the hike.

hiking
10 days ago

This trail has areas that are too steep to be called easy for someone with exercised induced asthma. Had to abandon our attempt. Review is for label, not for the area.

Half the trail is flat and easy, the other half is rocky and steep. It was a fun walk with my two dogs. There was a nice beach for them to go swimming and explore the shore.

16 days ago

Trail was in great shape and the view was fabulous. A real treat for an after-work hike.

One of my favorite hikes..beautiful quiet.
great for birding . you can hike up to overlook. and view Lake Champlain.
love it.

One of my favorite hikes..beautiful quiet.
great for birding . you can hike up to overlook. and view Lake Champlain.
love it.

16 days ago

Nice trails. Great swimming at the cove. Loved the poems along the trail, which changed monthly. Looking forward to going back.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a fun, quick hike that had a “kick” to it. I will definitely return to hike all the way up.

This was a pretty hike but not what I would call easy. There were some pretty steep sections that left my family winded. The forest was lovely but not a good view of the waterfall and the highway detracts from the window view.

hiking
1 month ago

Did the loop around the park and all the side loops to total about 4 miles. Hiked at a brisk pace, took me 1 hour 20 minutes to finish. I liked how the different species of trees had little signs at the beginning of the hike - I've never see Ironwood or Musclewood before. Cost $4 to enter and parking was good.

We loved this gentle hike. We were greeted by friendly staff, the trails were very well taken care of and our dog loved the rock pet beach.

Quick and easy. I liked the walk through the field before getting to the forest. Not as good of a view as I had hoped for but still beautiful.

Easy hike. Enjoyed swimming in the bay half way through our hike which was on a very hot 95 degree day. Cost was $4 per person because it’s a state park. Great day.

hiking
2 months ago

Decent hike. Could hear highway the whole time and see from “window” view. Still pretty, especially when you first walk in. Great hike if you are looking to go all the way to Camels Hump!

This is a nice easy out and back with beautiful forest, fields and flowers with Shelburne bay and Lake Champlain views.

My kids and I enjoyed this hike in the woods this morning. We did the loop trail. You can definitely tell it is meant for mountain bikers with several jumps and built up corners, however, my 11-year-old and 13-year-old really enjoyed running around those corners and jumping the jumps on foot. It was fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy loop around a nice series of waterfalls, Very popular spot, so expect company.

hiking
2 months ago

This is an extremely easy hike for a family just beginning. Gorgeous views of a flowing river and waterfalls. Lots of fun places for kids to explore and play.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I had a little trouble finding the entrance to the MTB section but after that the trails were well marked and easy to follow. Beginner to intermediate is accurate IMO, a work out for this FL flats rider. Nice climbs, cool berms, jarring roots, fast downhills, and some fun man made structures along the trails. The maps with “you are here” were appreciated. FOTW has done an admirable job of maintaining this area. Dry, 3.3mi loop on a carbon 29” hard tail.

Favorite local spot for a leisurely dog walk. Lots of different areas of trails to explore, so you're not just repeating the same walk over and over if you visit often.

Only for Essex Residents. Long drive for nothing

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike. Clean and well-maintained trails. There was a 4 dollar fee to get in.

Can’t go unless you live in Essex

Loved the view!

hiking
3 months ago

A nice middle-ground between a proper mountain climb and a short nature walk -- good for early-season hikes when you're not quite in shape for Camel's Hump yet. The "window" provides a lovely, though not breathtaking view. Best parts of the hike were lower down, where the trail passes through a magical understory dense with ferns, and where it crosses a stone-bottom mountain stream, compete with potholes, cascading water, and other features to delight the geologically inclined.

Great Moderate Hike !! Nice pond views and a lot to explore !!

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