Explore the most popular beach trails in Vermont with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike. Started out around 1030 am and finished after 2pm, all at a casual pace with our dog. Coming down the Fire Tower Trail was a little dicey for the dog with all the mud, but we all enjoyed it!

hiking
7 days ago

my very first hike. tough but worth it.

This hike provided some amazing views at the Fire Tower-panoramic views that were some of the best I’ve seen. My husband and I did this hike on a Saturday and saw lots of people so I would recommend going during the week. There were several parts where we had to let people go up or down-including small children and adults with infants. It is steep going up but not overly so and only a few tricky parts. I recommend going up Fire Tower trail and down Ridgeline as others have stated-longer that way but not as tricky. But the view on The Fire Tower is amazing and there are several other nice viewing spots.

hiking
15 days ago

Really excellent hike overall with majestic views and challenging sections, mainly the first 1.5 miles up. Trail is well maintained and moderately trafficked. Would absolutely recommend!!

trail running
17 days ago

Lovely trail that is well travelled, shady, and gorgeous.

Nice trails and lovely lookouts.

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.

hiking
27 days ago

always a favorite. firetower trail up, Ridgeline down. pretty easy with a ton of switchbacks and not too steep. views are amazing for the work. I've done this trail a bunch and it's never crowded.

Very pretty short hike. Beautiful views from the rocks/cliffs. The "advertised" length is a little deceiving because the walk from the parking lot to the trailhead is as long as the trail. I hope to do this one again.

Great area to walk and relax!

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.

1 month ago

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

The climb gets steep toward the top but the footing is good. No scrambling. Views from the fire tower are fantastic.

road biking
1 month ago

A must do if you’re in town. Go North to North Beach , Leddy Park and the Causeway trail { *through the lake } and South to Oakledge Park. Amazing lake views for much of this trail, and decent shade as well. Please obey the traffic rules and pay attention - it’s a fairly heavily travelled trail in season, in sections.

Great for kids of all ages, and swimming in the lake is included with the state park pass.

Great hike!!

This trail is straight up one side with a small view of the valley at the top and then straight down.

hiking
2 months 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.

This is a well kept, well used path that is easy, accessible and beautiful. What a fabulous activity for Burlington.

beautiful area to take a walk

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.

My husband and I brought our Golden Retriever on this short walk. We were greeted by very friendly people and our pup even got a treat. The trails are wonderfully maintained and the pet swimming area was a big hit. We saw three other hiking parties so it definitely wasn’t crowded. Loved this place!

I would do this trail again, definitely a challenge and so beautiful, took the fire tower trail up and the ridge trail down, the hike up was exhausting but doable and the way down was really nice, steep at times but relaxing environment

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Was very humid Friday which added some difficulty just in terms of comfort but the trail was great. Took the short, steep trail to the fire tower which was basically a steady incline up to the first outlook which had great views. The rest of the way to the fire tower involved a higher incline with a few places of hands and knees climbing. The fire tower offered amazing views high enough for significant temperature drops and wind but was beautiful. Took the ridge trail back which was wooded throughout. Balancing rock was neat to see.

great views from the fire tower. Don't forget the Balancing Rock for photos.

Nice, wide looping trails through an aromatic, shadey cedar forest. Can get mosquito-ey at dusk in mid-summer.

Fairly flat, beautiful views, best on a hybrid bike.

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.

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