Salmon Hole Park & Riverwalk Trail

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

  • Starting August 1, 2020 per the State of Vermont Mask Mandate all visitors to WVPD parks will be required to wear a mask or cloth facial covering any time where they come in contact with others from outside their households, and where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet.
  • 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
  • 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 all other public recreation areas.

Posted March 27, 2020; updated July 31, 2020


Salmon Hole Trail MapSalmon Hole Park & Riverwalk Trail

Located off of Riverside Avenue in Burlington, just before the bridge to the City of Winooski, Salmon Hole, a 6-acre park, gets its name from the spawning salmon that gather in the swirling pool below the Winooski One Hydro dam.

View from Salmon Hole parking lot on Riverside Avenue.

This park offers an interesting history of geology. The rippled rocks speak of the water currents that covered the land about 500 million years ago.

The velocity of the water shows itself in the striations seen in the cliff-side. Small holes can be identified in the rocks as wormholes, one of the most advanced species of their time. If you follow the Riverwalk Trail along the Winooski River, the trail will take you all the way to a viewing area off of Intervale Road.

Enlarged image of trail map: Salmon Hole

Closer view of the rock outcropping in high water. July 2017