Explore the most popular paddle sports 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.

Fairly easy hike, the gorge is pretty interesting, it’s known as “Vermont’s Grand Canyon.” Conveniently located just a few minutes off I-89.

Nice views and picnic spot.

Nice trail easy walking, not well marked , would do it again in the summer or fall

Nice area, wish there was better trail markings. Good winter hike, might go back during the summer time.

Nice scenery. Beautiful colors. Not much of a hike though.

not a hiking trail
only winter snowmobiling

Great! lots of diferent things to see! the waterfront is amazing.

a good quick walk. not much of a challenge but good for a quick walk. Go off season as its private and you won't have to pay to get in.

Many access points and great views along a lot of the way. Cremees(soft serve) at Burlington bay is a great way to end.

Nice trail to walk with kids. Saw lots of turtles.

Nice trail to walk with kids. Saw lots of turtles.

Stunning in the fall. Enjoy!

My favorite walk close to my apartment for the pups! Always beautiful

Easy walk with some lovely views.

As advertised, a beautiful walk along the gorge with some beautiful scenery, swimming, and family activities all around.

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6 months ago

Crystal clear water with with sand bottom

During the summer months this park's gate closes at 8pm. Overall this place is great, I have even seen an osprey here. This place is fantastic for sunset photography. If coming here to kayak, there are often speed boaters along the CT river, off of the boat ramp. However, if the dam hasn't been drained recently, there is a great 'put in' spot on the other side of land along the cove itself, thereby bypassing the speeders.

Nice ride, lots of traffic, well marked trail!

More of a walk than a hike, the gorge is very easy to get to. The views from the bottom up the gorge are beautiful and make for a great picture. This is a great spot for swimming and there are a number of rocks to jump off. If your looking for a bit of an adventure, climb upstream on the rocks and jump into the current. You can ride the current back downstream to where you started. This is pretty safe and the water doesn't move too fast. You can also walk up to the bridge and get a birds eye view of the gorge.

Closed to for waking from April 1 to July 31

7 months ago

8 months ago

Good spot for a relatively easy hike on a nice day. Clear cut trails around a beautiful lake.

8 months ago

Super nice hike- horseflies were horrendous- much better hike to do in the fall

It's an easy shaded walk in the woods boarded by the pond. The trail itself needs some clearing from fallen trees etc. A good brisk walk for me and my pup. Super easy- wish it were longer...

This is not to be missed! Lots of folks enjoying the trail today from toddlers on trikes to pooches on leashes, so be ready to share the road. Views are spectacular- especially the colchester causeway. Mostly flat, detour around miles 5-7 that puts you on a fairly quiet road with bike lanes. Some gravel and dirt areas. Stop by Charlie's boat house right before the bridge for a snack and a great time!

I've seen the view from the top of the bridge many times, but nothing compares to up close on the trail down below! We started from Quechee Gorge State Park, walked down a fairly moderate decline, then a fence. Turn left to the rivers edge and large flat rocks. Turn right, and it's a short and beautiful walk towards the underside of the bridge and the visitor center. Continue under bridge to Dewey Mill Pond. You won't be disappointed. Covered the entire trail in 3 hours.

This trail is not open to non-Essex residents. I was very disappointed to find that out at the gate.

The battenkill itself is beautiful! I could not find the trail that is discussed in the description though! I looked everywhere even on both sides of the bridge and road. It was a bummer not finding an 11 something trail but that's alright. I kept going on the road and found another sweet spot I'll try to upload to the app later.

10 months ago

When I did the search for Shelburne Pond I was taken to a trail map on Lake Champlain also in the town of Shelburne. Is there a trail map for Shelburne Pond? My sister and I took our two grandsons who really enjoyed trying to be"pathfinders" but we were underwhelmed with the squirrel cage path network. The boys were rewarded with a natural cave find! A highlight but not sure we could find it again.

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