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Shelburne Pond is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Shelburne, Vermont that features a lake. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

Distance: 1.3 miles Elevation Gain: 121 feet Route Type: Loop

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Located just 10 miles from the metropolis of Burlington, Shelburne Pond has retained its wild and rich character despite the pressures of development. There are over 400 acres of swamps, marshes, and rich woods associated with the pond. These habitats support several unusual plants—especially ephemeral spring wildflowers—and birds. The pond also serves as an important educational resource for the University of Vermont. Now largely owned and maintained by the University of Vermont (UVM), the H. Laurence Achilles Natural Area at Shelburne Pond — named for the philanthropist who supported the Conservancy's earliest acquisitions there — is a place where conservation, recreation, and research peacefully coexist. Over 30 years in the making, the natural area at Shelburne Pond is one of the oldest and longest-running protection projects of the Vermont chapter and a successful collaboration between the Conservancy and UVM.

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1 day ago

Nice paths through conservation woods and several rock beachheads to sun and fish from. Greenish water does not seem appealing to swim in. I did enter woods without bug protectors and while doing the Southern loop took a hike back to car to get bug spray and get my bug repellent treated hat. Added a few tenths of a mile to the overall low mileage available here. All loops and trails add up to less than 2 miles so it's easy. Didn't do small spur trail off to the west from the southern loop as it was steep and unsure what's the attraction there. Nice place and not too many people mid week.

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1 month ago

So peaceful and quiet

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10 months ago

A great nature walk. A easy short hike at a beautiful spot. I took my old lazy pug on this trail and she was all smiles at the end.

Sun May 05 2019

The trail along the lake has beautiful views with many lookouts but the loop is soooo short...maybe a 10-15 minute walk with stops and dog. Similar terrain to colchester pond but flatter. I did not see a way to continue the trail for the larger loop away from the lake, but did see an entry point along the road on my way out. Either way, it doesn't seem worth it to drive here solely for a 20-30 minute walk (even though the trails are nice). I wish there was a way to walk all the way around Shelburne Pond...that would be wonderful. The pond was beautiful and would be great for kayaking or fishing. (This is what all other people were doing on the day I went). These activities would make the trip worthwhile

Sun Sep 16 2018

Nice short hike, would definitely go back

Thu May 10 2018

This is a sweet spot with easy trails and beautiful views.

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Fri Apr 06 2018

Beautiful location. Great for a quick hike. Trails are well maintained and clean. Unfortunately when I went there was lots of trash at the parking area. I tried to pick up some. I dont live in the area but would return often if I did.

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