5 Great Spring Hikes for Kids in Vermont

When going for a hike with kids before the trails really open for the season, it is best to be prepared for almost anything.  Although your lawn seems like it is nice and dry, the trails can still be awfully muddy at this time of the year.  We have it on good authority from Vermont State Parks and The Green Mountain Club that these are some good places to go right now if you’ve little ones who’ve got busy feet that just need to go for a walk.

Mount Philo Sate Park  – Charlotte

“We love this hike every time we go! This summer, our three-year-old hiked to the top all by himself for the first time. The views are insanely rewarding for the investment of time/energy. Highly recommend!”

Stowe Bike Path – Stowe

“This is a great path! We brought the jogger and went for a nice long run. Many places for pit stops along the way to let the little ones get out and stretch their legs. Stop for lunch along the way at one of many restaurants and bring your own and have a picnic. This is definitely a must-do if you’re in Stowe.”

Burlington Bike Path – Burlington

“This is a fabulous place for kids to walk and get close to the lake. There are swinging benches, always folks walking dogs and the boats are always coming in and out. A great place to be in the sunshine.”

The Causeway – Colchester

“Imagine a path built out of large chunks of marble, rock and dirt that are high enough to literally allow you to walk on water. That path is formally known as Colchester Causeway Park and this is absolutely the best bike path in all of Northern Vermont! It is so unique. This particular stretch of the packed gravel path takes you right out into lake makes you feel like you are biking or walking on water. The view is spectacular. You can take in all of the natural beauty of Vermont, the lake and mountain views surround you. 

Because it is so flat kids of all ages can bike/walk it with ease. Or you could push them in a jogging stroller or tote them behind you in a burlee. Not much, if any shade at all, so remember your sunscreen. And lots of snacks and water!”

Button Bay State Park Roads – Vergennes

” We can go for nature walks and little legs won’t get too tired, because the trails are mostly flat.”

For a full list of places to hike once things start to dry out, check here.

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