Rock Point Trails

Looking for hiking trails in Burlington, Vermont?  Look no further than Burlington's hidden gem, Rock Point Property - a system of PUBLIC trails on PRIVATE property.  Each year, nearly 10,000 people come to Rock Point, finding a place to walk, seek solitude, learn, play, sing, pray, think, share, and be. Rock Point is a welcoming sanctuary in the heart of Burlington, and our hiking trails are accessible for visitors of all abilities. We welcome community members and ask you to respect the guidelines below, which will keep this unique natural area protected for others to enjoy.

 

There is no charge to use Rock Point's Hiking Trails, but you must obtain a trail pass before arriving (see information below). 
We invite you to consider a voluntary contribution to help maintain Rock Point and its trails.

A note on using trails during the COVID-19 Pandemic

At this time, the trails at Rock Point remain open to the public.  While trail use is still allowed from dawn to dusk, we are not allowing vehicular traffic or parking on the property.  Please click here for more details and parking alternatives

Per Governor's Order:

- Please plan to "arrive, play, and leave" - do not congregate before or after using the trail network or fields; no tailgating.

- Use of trails is limited to Vermonters, those who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement, or those from approved counties for travel to Vermont;

- There are no public restrooms at this time.

- Please keep a safe social distance if you run into others on the trail. 

 

Visitor Guidelines

  • PARKING: During regular operation all vehicles must be parked in the Diocesan Office parking area. There is limited parking in the lot across from the Diocesan office at Rock Point. When that area is full, please park off site; no overnight parking.  Effective March, 2020 until further notice - NO PUBLIC PARKING or VEHICULAR ACCESS TO ROCK POINT.  Please park off-site and walk to the trails unless you have an official Rock Point Parking pass or a Displayed Disabled Parking Pass.
     

  • HOURS: Dawn to dusk; no night-time hiking.

  • DOGS: ALL dogs must be properly leashed and with you at all times. This helps to protect the endangered species and vulnerable soil on our property, and also shows respect for other visitors who may not feel comfortable with dogs approaching them. Please clean up and dispose of waste.

  • LEAVE NO TRACE: Carry out what you carry in (no glass).

  • PRIVATE PROPERTY: Rock Point's trails are located on land that is privately owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont; please respect that some buildings and areas of the property are marked PRIVATE and are not open to the public.

  • STAY ON TRAILS: To protect endangered wildlife and keep trails maintained, stick to marked paths; no camping, boat launching, or hammocks.

  • RESPECT SIGNS & STAFF INSTRUCTIONS: Staff and volunteers may remind you of the property rules or ask you to respect specific instructions.  Please show respect for these requests.

Restrictions on use of Rock Point Trails:
 

  • NO SWIMMING: Rock Point beaches and waterfront are not open for public swimming.

  • NO BICYCLES: Rock point is home to many rare plants and thin soil that erodes easily (the Burlington Bike Path can be accessed from our property but bikes must be left at kiosk)

  • NO PICKING, FORAGING, FEEDING, HUNTING:  Please leave plants and wildlife alone.

  • NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL, NO SMOKING

  • NO NUDITY

  • NO CAMPIRES or CAMPING

  • NO FIREWORKS

  • ROCK CLIMING is limited to those who have registered with CRAG (see below)

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Trails

Rock Point offers over two miles of accessibly walking and hiking trails on 130 acres of privately owned and conserved land along the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington.  Our trails are available for public use thanks to a partnership with the Lake Champlain Land Trust and the City of Burlington (see guidelines). Thanks to a partnership with City of Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, our trail system links up with the city's. If you are planning an excursion on the Rock Point trails or wish to traverse between Rock Point and city properties, you must obtain a Property Pass in advance of your visit. Be sure to read our Visitor Guidelines and download our Trail Map as well.

 

Donate to Support our Trails

There is no charge to visit Rock Point. You are invited to make a voluntary contribution to support maintenance of the property and trails. You might consider a donation as suggested below. Donations can be made through our website or you may also mail a check to Rock Point Commons, 5 Rock Point Road, Burlington, VT 50408.

Daily Passes:                                

  • $12/family

  • $5/person ages 18+

  • $2/person ages 6-17 (must be accompanied by an adult) 

  • Free under 6 years of age

 

Educational Group Passes:

  • $2/person

 

Yearly Passes:

  • $65/family

  • $50/two-person

  • $35/individual

We appreciate your help to keep Rock Point a special place.

 

Beach & Lake

 

While routes to the beach and lake can be found on our Trail Map, swimming at Rock Point is limited to those who are participating in Rock Point programs or staying at Rock Point Center.  Depending on the time of year, you may walk along the waterfront at certain locations, but we ask that you ALWAYS remain on designated trails and do not climb down the rocks; this is for your own safety and to protect our fragile shoreline ecosystem. Please respect the advisement of Rock Point Volunteers and staff if access to the beach and lake are not permitted during your visit. As a reminder, if you are planning to visit Rock Point, you must obtain a Property Pass. Be sure to read our Visitor Guidelines and download our Trail Map in advance of your journey.

 

Rock Climbing at Lone Rock Point

(Advanced Climbers Only)

Lone Rock Point is a spectacular and unique limestone crag less than 1 mile from downtown Burlington, VT.  It offers an amazing setting with difficult sport routes and magnificent views on the shores of Lake Champlain. Lone Rock Point Cliff is currently open to climbing under a special use agreement signed between CRAG-VT and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont. Access will only be maintained through strict adherence to the rules outlined below. Not following the property requirements may result in loss of access to the cliff.

Lone Rock Point Cliff Use Guidelines

  • All climbers must get a Rock Point Property Pass. We strongly suggest making a donation to the Rock Point Center as part of the process. It will help to mitigate costs incurred by CRAG-VT to ensure access and allow the Rock Point Center to continue to offer this unique property to the general public.

  • Every time that climbers access Lone Rock Point, they must sign in at the kiosk located at the Diocesan Offices parking lot and utilize the marked trail to reach the cliff. Please sign out when leaving.

  • Climbers must abide by closures as indicated on the calendar at the kiosk. CRAG-VT will try to keep climbers updated via their website at https://cragvt.org, however the Diocese reserves the right to close the property at any time.

  • The number of climbers is limited to 8 at any given time. Please check in with the register at the kiosk to ensure that there is adequate capacity.

  • Lone Rock Point is open during daylight hours for climbing. No camping or fires are permitted.

  • Practice "leave-no-trace" ethics and keep the area cleaner than you found it.

  • Stay on established trails and do not trample vegetation.

  • CRAG-VT and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont are not responsible for any fixed anchors found at Lone Rock Point. We make no guarantees about the integrity of any hardware found at Lone Rock Point.

  • Climbing is restricted to currently established routes. In the future, the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont will consider opening more of the cliff to climbing provided that we have good compliance with the guidelines described here. Please do not add any additional fixed gear to the cliff without prior authorization from the Rock Point Management Committee.

  • Any issues with the process or the property may be directed to info@cragvt.org or the Rock Point liaison, Peter Clark.

 

Thank you for respecting the rules and please consider a donation of time or money to Rock Point and/or CRAG-VT to help keep Lone Rock Point open!

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