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East Woods  Rating: 4

East Woods

Town: South Burlington

Uses: Hiking Trail Natural Area Walking Trail

Amenities: Parking

Length: 1 mile

Surface: Packed dirt, somewhat hilly. Not handicap accessible.

Trailhead: From Main Street in Burlington take Spear Street south for 1.1 miles. At the traffic light turn right onto Swift Street. Look for the East Woods sign 0.2 miles on the right, cars can be parked here at the small pull-off area on the right. The trail system begins just behind the sign with the interpretive trail heading to the left just after entering the woods.

Features: 40-acre mixed hardwood and conifer forest.

Description: East Woods was purchased in 1949 with the help of several private donors who recognized the potential educational value of these woods and its close proximity to the UVM campus. Students in forestry, botany, and zoology are able to study plants and animals of a mature northern forest in this relatively undisturbed, 40-acre, mixed hardwood and conifer forest. A self-guided interpretive trail and guide was designed by University students and is available to help visitors gain a better understanding of the natural and cultural history of East Woods.

From the entrance, the trail leads a few hundred feet to an informative bulletin board and ledger box, which is usually empty. The trail continues westerly and passes a junction on the left (0.1 mi) with the return trail. Bearing right at this junction to make a counterclockwise circuit, the trail descends steeply to approach Potash Brook, which meanders through the woods on its way to Lake Champlain. It crosses a slight depression (0.2 mi), a remnant of the railbed of the Burlington and Hinesburg Railroad, which was graded in 1898 but abandoned before any track was laid.

Adjacent to this railbed, the trail crosses the more conspicuous and parallel railbed of the Burlington and Lamoille Railroad, which was completed in 1877. The tracks here were used for only a few years before being removed. Directly across from the B&L railbed, the trail descends to an elbow of Potash Brook, then swings back to recross the two railbeds (0.4 mi). (Turning left on the B&L railbed is a shortcut.) After ascending a small shoulder, the trail descends to follow the south shore of Potash Brook downstream to the west. It then arcs 180 degrees, rising easterly on undulating terrain to reach the return end of the loop (0.9 mi). From here, the trail may be retracted back to the entrance (1.0 mi).

Descriptions courtesy of the University of Vermont, and Joe Frank, published in the Day Hiker's Guide to Vermont by the Green Mountain Club. Website: UVM Natural Areas

Volunteer Surveyors: Mary Ann Samuels, Joe Frank

Last updated on 6/30/10

Managed by:

South Burlington Recreation Department

Contact: Director: Tom Hubbard
575 Dorset St.
S. Burlington, VT 05403
(802) 846-4108
recreation@sburl.com
www.sburlrecdept.com

Comments:

Cathy
South Burlington, VT
Rating: 3
10/8/08

Lots of dogs off leash on these trails.

Mia
Williston, VT
Rating: 5
10/2/10

What a great hike to do with young kids!

Johnnie Walker
Burlington, VT
Rating:
7/19/11

Very pleasant and easy walking through attractive forestland. The trails are well maintained, but not blazed or signed, leading to confusion at junctions with the many side trails not on the map. Unfortunately, the heavy traffic in an overcrowded, gridlocked Chittenden County is all too audible on many parts of the trail.

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