Donahue Sea Caves

UPDATE ON HOW TO SAFELY USE WVPD PARKS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

  • Maintain at least a six-foot (6’) physical distance from other people in the park as recommended by the CDC

  • Please stay home if you or members of your household are feeling unwell

  • Do not travel or carpool with non-household members

  • Keep your dog(s) on a leash at all times and avoid touching and interacting other people’s dogs (they are members of the household and must follow physical and social distancing as well)

  • Avoid touching structures such as fences, sign posts, information boards, picnic tables, gates and railings

  • Wash hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Carry hand sanitizer with you while visiting parks

  • Pick up your trash and properly remove it from the park to help protect our staff. Please pick up, bag, and properly dispose of your dog’s waste

  • Restroom facilities are closed

  • Bring your own water

The WVPD acknowledges this is a fluid and constantly evolving situation. While WVPD parks currently remain open, we are closely following and will adhere to recommendations set forth by the CDC, Vermont Department of Health, along with state and local officials. We will strive to keep our parks open as long as possible, but need the public’s help to ensure they remain a safe space for everyone.  Please observe and follow all signage posted in the parks and other public recreation areas.

Posted March 27, 2020


Donahue Sea Caves

Located off of North Avenue in Burlington, across from the Burlington High School, this 15 acre tract of land is mostly covered by a pond surrounded by a narrow band of marsh. A steep path follows the edge of a bluff down to a viewing area of the marsh where many different bird species, including blue heron and egrets, can be observed. Of interest are the limestone dolomite caves created by wave action in the Champlain Sea over 10,000 years ago. The caves can be seen from Route 127 by looking west just south of the exit for the Ethan Allen Homestead. The caves cannot be easily reached in the summer except by canoe or kayak.