Ethan Allen Homestead

It’s Mud Season! With the variable weather Vermont spring brings, natural surface trails will remain and/or become very muddy and wet over the next few weeks. Please avoid muddy trails to help maintain integrity of the trails and prevent further damage to the trail base. It has been a tough few months for our well loved trails! If you encounter muddy areas please turn around or walk through the mud and not around to avoid widening the trails, damaging surrounding vegetation, and increasing the muddy sections.

Ethan Allen Homestead

The Ethan Allen Homestead, located off Route 127 in Burlington, is a multi-use property rich in wildlife species. Tracks of raccoon, deer, gray squirrel, beaver, muskrat, red fox, and river otter can be found. Among many species of birds can be found in the park, including blue-gray gnatcatchers and northern harriers.

With over 4 miles of trails, visitors can explore several habitats providing the opportunity to observe many wildlife species. As you walk along the Homestead’s elevated boardwalk through a cattail marsh, listen for early spring peepers and wood frogs, and keep an eye out for signs of beavers. On the Peninsula Loop Trail that runs along the Winooski River, you may see tracks of river otter in the soft soil. Migrating waterfowl take advantage of the spring pools that form in the meadows, so bring along your binoculars for bird viewing. Bring a   picnic lunch and enjoy a rest at one of the riverside picnic tables or in the open-air picnic shelter.

The Homestead is also the site of Ethan and Fanny Allen’s restored 1787 historic farmhouse. The Ethan Allen Homestead Museum offers tours of the house and information about Ethan Allen, his family, and early Vermont history. For more information visit

Several community gardens, including the Vermont Garden Network’s Thriving Garden and Association of Africans Living in Vermont New Farms For New Americans Community Gardens, and Burlington Area Community Gardens are located at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Visit our Community Garden Partners page for information.

The park is also home to Alnôbaiwi, a 501c-3 non-profit dedicated to preserving Vermont Abenaki cultural heritage.

The WVPD’s offices are located at the Ethan Allen Homestead. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm. Please note: our office staff work a hybrid remote-office schedule and our parks staff are often out in the field. Email is the best way to reach our staff, please visit our contact page. If wishing to visit the office, please contact [email protected] to ensure a staff person will be in the office.

Ethan Allen Homestead Trail Map

Enlarged Image of trail map: Ethan Allen Homestead Trail Map