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The lake is beautiful and healthy w.r.t. wildlife (fish, turtles, birds). The path was very nice, piney underfoot alot of the way, a few nice small streams, a couple nice small clearings, and a lot of the path was along the lake with nice views. Only negative is it was fairly buggy so bring bug spray. Trail was very easy and pretty much flat the whole way. I would definitely recommend.

The trail was uphill but not too strenuous and the falls were spectacular, cascading and dropping for 100+ feet (saw shortly after a good rain). Definitely avoid the other fork to the pond, we hiked maybe 4-5 miles on it before we decided to turn around - the trail was pretty poor and had to walk around fallen trees and bushwack brush fairly frequently.

Nice forest area with a beach overlooking the lake. Very pleasant, nice easy walk.

Nice little trail around the pond. In the winter it freezes over and ppl Nordic ski/skate. Very pretty.

Great bike trail but, really, this is a nice place to take a stroll close to the city after having a meal with friends. It’s not a hike through nature, but more of a stroll in town beside the lake.

road biking
5 days ago

Excellent and beautiful trail to walk, run or bike on. The trail takes you right through lake Champlain and the views are obviously stellar. One of the best easy trails to do in Chittenden County

10 days ago

Was looking for a hike for me and my dog as the family was skiing Mt. Snow. This is about a 20 minute drive from Mt. Snow and it has off road parking and allows dogs. Both big pluses. I would say it's a moderate hike in the winter as there is a mixture of snow/ice. Make sure to bring your spikes and/or hiking poles. It was a beautiful/peaceful hike. The trek up definitely raised my heart rate. There is a fire tower at the top and the folks up top said it had great views but unfortunately my dog wasn't up for the climb. Otherwise, the views were okay since the foliage was off the trees but nothing spectacular. The loop took about 1 1/2 hours.

10 days ago

Killer view from the top of the fire tower. We entered the trail behind Vermont Distillers Inc for a moderately inclined hike that could be completed by anyone in decent shape. The hike up probably took 35 minutes. Absolutely worth the trip.

11 days ago

Was a beautiful winter day , tons of snow on the ground and easy hike in and out. The lake was the perfect size. Will be great swimming spot for summer . And also can see snow bowl ski slopes from the lake and see the mountain. The trail was well marked . Little steep in some spots , other then that an easy hike .

Nice up and down trail. Much board walk. Liked it!

11 days ago

I would give this more stars, but when we went in May the black flies were brutal. We ended up sprinting up and down the trail and didn't have much time to stand still and take in the views. The view was incredible and would like to have more time next time to take it in without the flies

Hiked 1/1/19. Muddy in the beginning, a few water crossings as it rained day before. Very much worth the view at the end though.

14 days ago

Short walk to the fall. Very beautiful half frozen water fall at the end. Went there in an early morning on 1/2/19 with my dog.

Hiked 01/01/19. Great hike with multiple different trails from the Audubon Center, but the parking lot was very icy and some patches on the trail were as well, I would recommend crampons if hiking in the winter. Will definitely be back

Good exercise!
Easy access.
Much better views when leaves down.
Be sure to hike Nature Trail on other side of resoviour

16 days ago

Fun hike! I will definitely be going back

17 days ago

had a great time hiking up to the fire tower with my dogs this weekend. It was snowing, so the steps were a little slippery on the way back. No problemo though. We had a blast and will be back!

Fabulous break from skiing. Easy trail beautiful waterfall. A bit icy after the warm rainy weather. Too much dog poop on the walkway.

20 days ago

A great trail right in Chester. We were looking for something with a little elevation and a slight challenge and we found it right around the corner. It took us about an hour and a half, through a variety of terrain, including hemlock forest, rock outcroppings, etc. The ramble along the stream and its frozen falls made for an enjoyable winter hike, but don't forget your poles to help traverse the sometimes icy, often snow-packed terrain.


Nicely marked trails. Hiked on Christmas Day. It was cold with some some wet and icy spots but studs made it easy. We look forward to returning.

22 days ago

Fun hike. Pretty steep all the way through, the view is worth it though. I would strongly suggest bringing a good amount of water on this hike, and the right equipment. A fire tower at the pinnacle is great for pictures and instagram photos.

This hike was absolutely gorgeous. The perfect winter hike! There’s two ends to the trail. And a loop that allows you to take the road back to your car if desired. Worth every step...

Nice quick walk through an old growth forest. Trail easy to follow and a perfect place to take a dog for a walk as well

25 days ago

Wet and muddy conditions for the first half of the way up, but then it becomes packed snow. Microspikes recommended. Beautiful views at the top.

Marked well and different terrains.

listed here as off road driving, was expecting to be able to take my 4x4 on this trail and it is not open to motorized vehicles other than snowmobiles. Wasted my time and gas.

Scenic yet some work involved. Trail in good order.

Nice easy trail

1 month ago

Good hike, recommend micro spikes this time of year

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