Shelburne Pond

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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

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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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