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Enjoy the beauty of Rock Point Trails.

If you are planning a visit to Rock Point, you must obtain a Property Pass.

Please note: Rock Point Beaches are not open to the General Public for Swimming

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. We welcome visitors 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 enter Rock Point. We invite you to consider a voluntary contribution to help maintain Rock Point and its trails. (See Donate)

A note on using trails during the COVID-19 Pandemic

At this time, the trails at Rock Point remain open to the public, but we support the "stay home stay safe" guidelines from the Office of the Governor.  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 (updated: May 29, 2020):

- 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;

- No contact sports or games;

- The outdoor chapel may be used for groups of 25 or less but groups must maintain social distancing;

- There are no public restrooms at this time.


Please respect social distancing measures if you run into others on the trail and do not congregate in common areas.  Please follow all posted rules and messages from staff or volunteers.  Please review the rules below before coming to Rock Point.  These helpful guidelines from Burlington Parks & Recreation may also be useful to review. Like the city, we hope to keep our trails open but may have to close them if these guidelines and safety precautions are not followed.

Visitor Guidelines

We Require…

  • 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.  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.

  • ALL dogs must be properly leashed and with you at all times. Clean up and dispose of their waste.

  • That you carry out what you carry in (no glass): Leave No Trace.

  • That you stay on designated trails and respect signage and staff.

  • That you leave plants and wildlife alone. (No picking, foraging, feeding, hunting.)

  • That you be on the property only from dawn to dusk.

We Do Not Allow…

  • Fires and bicycles. (We have rare plants and very thin soil to protect.)

  • Water access, swimming, or diving/jumping (except for authorized programs).

  • Camping, nudity, smoking, alcohol, drugs, weapons, fireworks.

  • Rock climbing (unless registered with CRAG climbing program).

  • Overnight parking. Any vehicles parked from 9:30pm-6:00am will be towed at owner's expense.

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  • A Port-O-Let is available seasonally; there are no public restrooms.

  • Please watch for signs indicating an area is off limits. Due to various Rock Point activities, occasionally throughout the year, portions of the property will be off limits to the public.



Rock Point offers over two miles of walking and hiking trails and 130 acres of privately owned land along the shores of Lake Champlain, available for public use (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. Donate online via Paypal / Donate online via Vanco. Or 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


Adjacent to North Beach, a hidden gem known as Fred's Beach is part of the Rock Point property and, along with private shoreline, offers access to Lake Champlain for canoeing, kayaking, or simply being. Please note that Fred's Beach is not part of the public beachfront and is reserved for use by Rock Point Camp and other Rock Point partners throughout the year. While routes to the beach and lake can be found on our Trail Map, we ask that you respect the advisement of Rock Point Volunteers and Diocesan 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 Point Gardens


Visitors are welcome to drop by—and encouraged to support—Rock Point Gardens. This especially beautiful plot serves as a conservation resource, an education experience, and a means of promoting food security in the Burlington area. Much of the edible vegetation grown at Rock Point Gardens goes directly to the Partners’ Pantry, and we are greatly expanding the footprint of Rock Point Gardens to include the field underneath Rock Point’s 35-tracker solar farm. Download our trail map in advance of your journey, and enjoy a hike during your visit!


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, 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 for the 2017-2018 season 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 or the Rock Point liaison, Peter Clark.


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