January 19, 2024 Update: The rain and snowmelt on 12/18 & 12/19 caused the Winooski River to reach major flood stage for the second time in the last five months, again causing erosion and damage to trails. Please use caution on trails near river edge as erosion and undercutting of the river bank is occurring. The Winooski River remains high and moving swiftly for this time of year. This flood event left a significant amount of silt and mud along with pools of standing water that are now frozen on some trails – please use caution as trail surfaces may be more uneven and icy.
Macrae Farm Park
Macrae Farm is a 288-acre park that contains a diversity of habitats. In its quiet cove near the main entrance by the river, you may spot blue wing teals, American bittern, heron and a variety of songbirds.
In the lower elevation, floodplain portion of the park, along the Winooski River you will find hayfields and floodplain forest. Several loop trails skirt the meadows providing the opportunity for hiking and cross country skiing. In the park’s higher elevations you will find primarily hardwood forests dominated by Maple, Ash, Hickory and Oak. The upland hills offer sweeping views of the Intervale and Green Mountains.