Protecting our Forests, Meadows, and Shoreline
The Champlain Islands are a spectacular place, with miles of rocky cedar bluffs, gentle rolling fields, clear skies, and views of the Lake Champlain and the surrounding mountains. Protecting our natural landscape is one of the core tenants of South Hero Land Trust’s mission. From high quality animal habitat to wetlands that protect the water quality of Lake Champlain, we work hard to steward our natural resources.
We’ve worked with landowners to conserve private parcels with high natural resource value, like Jackson Point. We’ve also conserved properties that are great recreational spots as well as natural resources, like the Round Pond Natural Area. Below is more information about the natural areas in South Hero that are open to the community for recreation.
Trails and Public Access In South Hero
South Hero Land Trust has built and opened two community trails in South Hero, in partnership with the Lake Champlain Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation. The Landon Community Trail and the Round Pond Natural Area Trails are both open year round for walking, running, snowshoeing, and horse back riding. A third trail, the Landon-Round Pond Connector link those two longer trails, and allows all trail users to park at the Landon Community Trail parking area.
The South Hero Recreation Commission also maintains trails in South Hero- the South Hero Recreation Path, which is a rail trail through the Roy Marsh Wildlife Management Area, and another path at Folsom Education and Community Center. We have included a trail map for the Recreation Path here, please direct questions and feedback about the trail to the Recreation Commission.
Below are links to trail maps and guidelines for use. Because each area is unique, the guidelines for use may be different. Please pay attention to these guidelines, and help us keep these trails open for the community long into the future!
South Hero Land Trust Naturalist Walks
South Hero Land Trust hosts regular naturalist walks around South Hero. We partner with local naturalists, from birders to foresters, to lead these walks and share their knowledge of the plants, animals, and geology around us. These walks take place on a mix of public and private property, and are always hosted in partnership with landowners. Some examples from the past include Animal Tracking at the Landon Community Trail, Tree Identification and Mythology on Fox Hill, Birding on the South hero Recreation Path, and Wildflowers at Tracy Woods.
These walks are family friendly, free, and open to all. Check our events page for our next walk, we hope you will join us!