07/15/2024 UPDATE: Several WVPD parks and trails along the Winooski River REMAIN CLOSED until further notice. Current closures are: 

  • Ethan Allen Homestead: trails along the river including the River Loop, the unpaved portion of the Burlington Bike Path to the Intervale Center (Intervale Center trails are also closed), and the Homestead Loop and Peninsula Loop in the lower fields are closed until further notice. The upper portions of the park, the paved Rt. 127 Bike Path, Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, and Burlington Forest Preschool remain open. 

  • Macrae Farm Park: park and all trails closed 

  • Woodside Natural Area: park all trails closed

  • Muddy Brook and Muddy Brook Wetland Reserve: all trails closed

  • Riverwalk Trail closed

Please use caution while out on trails over the next few days. Please do not use any flooded trails or trails with standing water, especially along rivers or streams. Erosion and bank undercutting will be occurring, conditions can change quickly, rivers and streams are still running high and fast, and flood water can hide hazards and debris. 

Reach out to [email protected] with any questions – we will do our best to respond quickly. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@wvpdoutreach) for the most up to date information and park conditions. 

The Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD) is a cooperative partnership of eight member communities who share a common interest in protecting natural resources in the Winooski River Valley.

Today WVPD manages and protects:


  • 18 Parks and Natural Areas
  • 1,750+ Acres of Conservation Land
  • 24+ Miles of Trail
  • 13+ Miles of Shoreline on Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers

The WVPD serves the member communities of Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, Jericho, South Burlington, Williston, and Winooski.

Parks are open to the public with no admission fees from dawn to dusk each day.

Enjoy WVPD Parks For:


– Walking, Hiking & Running

– Canoe & Kayak Access

– Fishing

– Snowshoeing & XC Skiing (ungroomed trails)

– Picnic Areas & Rental Facilities

– Scenic Overlooks & Wildlife Viewing

Outdoor Classrooms

– Community Gardening

The WVPD also offers:

WVPD Board of Trustees Information

The WVPD Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm, and will be held as a hybrid virtual and in-person meeting unless otherwise noted. In-person locations is at the WVPD’s offices at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. Virtual option will be held via Zoom. Please contact Executive Director Nick Warner at [email protected] for virtual join meeting information. For meeting agenda, past meeting minutes, and more information on the WVPD’s Board of Trustees visit our Staff & Board of Trustees page.

Next regularly scheduled meeting date: Thursday July 25, 2024 at 4:30pm. Please note this meeting has been rescheduled from the regular third Tuesday of the month to accommodate schedules.