Butternut Hill

Butternut Hill Natural Area

Butternut Hill Natural Area is located in North Hero, VT.  The 1 mile long trail begins at Camp Ingalls and winds through a unique floodplain forest, along a ridge of cedar forest, and down to the shores of Lake Champlain.



From the South: Take I-89 N to exit 17 for US-2 toward US-7/Lake Champlain Islands/Milton. Keep right at the fork and merge onto US-2 W/Roosevelt Hwy. Continue to follow US-2 W 18.9 miles.  Turn left onto South End Rd and follow for about 1.8 miles. Camp Ingalls (Butternut Hill Natural Area parking) will be on the left.

From northern New York: Take US-2 E 20.8 miles. Turn right onto South End Rd and follow for about 1.8 miles. Camp Ingalls (Butternut Hill Natural Area parking) will be on the left.

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Click here for a printable guide to Butternut Hill, including driving directions.

Check back soon for a family-friendly hiking guide.


Nature Snapshots

Click here to see a series of Nature Snapshots for the Butternut Hill landscape.



Butternut Hill Natural Area  was conserved in 2012.  Two North Hero, VT families, the Williams and the Keyes, worked alongside each other, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy of Vermont to conserve wildlife habitat and lakeshore along Lake Champlain.

Butternut Hill Natural Area combines conserved land from the Williams family, the Keyes family, and the Town of North Hero, protecting a spectacular, old floodplain forest, while providing public access to the forest and the lake via the trails starting at the Town of North Hero’s former Camp Ingalls land.



Butternut Hill was conserved in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, the Town of North Hero, and the Lake Champlain Land Trust.