Eclipse April 8 , 2024

Eclipse April 8 , 2024

Like everyone in northern Vermont, the Winooski Valley Park District is excited to experience the total solar eclipse on Monday April 8, 2024! Below is information to help plan your viewing experience if planning to use a WVPD park to catch the spectacle:

WVPD is not hosting any special events at any of our parks. Our parks do not have any bathroom facilities except for the Ethan Allen Homestead. All parks are carry-in, carry-out – please follow the Leave No Trace principles and be sure to visit our parks rules page. Camping is not permitted at any WVPD park.

It is MUD SEASON! If using a WVPD Park, or any natural area with natural surface trails, please be prepared for muddy and wet conditions (thanks spring snow!). Please stay on designed trails and walk through the mud or turn around to avoid widening the trail and damaging surrounding vegetation. Visit the Green Mountain Clubs Mud Season Guide to learn more about Vermont’s fifth season and how you can help minimize your impact when using trails in the spring.

The Ethan Allen Homestead will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday April 7 and Monday April 8, 2024. The park gate will close at dusk (~8pm) on Saturday April 6 and reopen at dawn (~6am) on Tuesday April 9. Only authorized vehicles for WVPD staff will be allowed in the park during the closure. The park will remain open to pedestrian and bicycle access via the bike paths.

While WVPD Parks are open year-round from dawn to dusk each day, we do close the gates at the several parks in the winter and they will not be open by April 8: Essex Overlook, Macrae Farm Park, Muddy Brook, and Wolcott Family Natural Area.

Please Remember: Please visit our Park Rules & Regulations page for full list of WVPD park rules.

  • Carry-in, Carry-out: Remember to remove all trash and belongings you brought into the park. Leave No Trace
  • Keep pets on a leash, pick up and properly dispose of any waste
  • No fires
  • No overnight camping
  • Keep noise to a reasonable level – no amplified music
  • Respect wildlife: keep a safe distance from all wildlife, do not feed wildlife, do not forage or harvest any wild plants

Questions? Contact [email protected] or leave a message at (802) 863-5744.

General Eclipse Information: For information on eclipse related events happening in the area please visit the Vermont Department of Tourism Eclipse Events page and Obscura Burlington. For travel and traffic information, and safe viewing guides and tips, translated information, and all things Eclipse in Vermont visit the State of Vermont Eclipse Information page.