LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area Trail

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LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Shelburne, Vermont that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 311 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



bird watching



wild flowers


over grown
4 months ago

6 months ago

Nice quiet hike along the lake. Not a lot of traffic.

washed out
8 months ago

some minor spring flooding in a couple of areas, but still passable. also many trees , small limbs down. Trail is still very scenic, and passable in spite of the spring conditions. Great place for bird watching as well!

Sat Sep 08 2018

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.

Thu Jul 12 2018

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

Sat Apr 29 2017

Great little short hike!

Mon Oct 17 2016

I loved it beautiful views. It was just what I was looking for .

Tue Sep 06 2016

Went for a small hike with my mirrorless camera and discovered a bunch of birds. But also an Owl. Way cool. The trails are well groomed and it is an easy hike/walk. There are several small hiking trails with some minor elevation if you choose. The bay is awesome. The woods equally great. Will return often. It's easy with some fun spots. Cool little park.

Sun Jun 19 2016

Took a tumble in the woods but besides that it's a great path with great views!!

Sun Jun 28 2015

This is in fact a very interesting trail, although the trail that Mark was on is not the LaPlatte River Marsh trail. He was on the other side of Bay road heading out toward the point--highly recommended as well.

Mon Sep 09 2013

Great little hike... You can either stick to the gravel path, or use the woods. I prefer the woods so the dogs can run around a bit. In the woods, you can follow the Clark Trail up to Alan's Hill which has a great view above Shelburne Bay with Camel's Hump in the background. There's a couple great places for dogs to swim there as well. It's also a great place for a quick snowshoe outing in the winter.

7 months ago

bird watching
Tue Nov 08 2016

Tue Jul 05 2016

Tue Oct 27 2015

Sat Oct 24 2015