Winooski Gorge

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


Winooski Gorge

This natural area features a Limestone Bluff Cedar-Pine Forest, over 1,500 feet of shoreline along the Winooski River, and is one of the deepest gorges in Vermont. The forest provides habitat for over twenty bird species including the nuthatch, cardinal, and black-capped chickadee. Other wildlife and plants include deer, beaver, buffalo berry and sweet fern.   Several rock outcrops along the foot path invite visitors to sit and take in the view of dramatic cliffs and the Winooski River far below. The footpath ends at the last of three viewing areas.

The Winooski Gorge Natural Area is located in South Burlington on Lime Kiln Road immediately south of the bridge over the Winooski River. The roughly eleven-acre parcel was acquired by the Winooski Valley Park District with the help of a grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.