Round Pond

Located in beautiful South Hero, VT, Round Pond Natural Area features easy, kid-friendly trails, a tranquil pond, and a shale beach on Lake Champlain that is perfect for skipping stones. Open to the public year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, and bird-watching, this off-the-beaten-path Vermont hiking destination offers gently-sloping terrain, plentiful opportunities for viewing wildlife, and great views of the Green Mountains.

Directions

From the South: Take Exit 17 off of I-89 onto US Route 2 W toward the Islands for about 7 miles.  Take the first left in South Hero onto Landon RoadAfter about 0.8 miles, take your first left onto East Shore Road, follow the road down a small hill and park in the gravel pull off on your left.

From the North:  Take US Route 2 E.  In South Hero, take a right on South Street.  Take your first left on Landon Road and then take your first right onto East Shore Road.  Follow the road down a small hill and park in the gravel pull off on your left.


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Guides

Download our printable guide to Round Pond Natural Area, including driving directions.

Nature Snapshots

Download a series of Nature Snapshots for the Round Pond landscape.

History

Round Pond Natural Area was conserved in 2001 as a partnership effort of the Lake Champlain Land Trust, South Hero Land Trust, Vermont Land Trust, and The Nature Conservancy.  The property contains 140 acres of active farmland, 130 acres of woodland, 25 acres of wetlands, and 1,075 feet of lakeshore.  After the property was purchased by the partnership, the Lake Champlain Land Trust accepted a conservation agreement (also known as a conservation easement) along with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board. The lakeshore parcels were then donated to the State of Vermont.  In addition to the public access throughout Round Pond State Park, there is a short trail that winds along fields and forests right down to a Lake Champlain shale beach.

Conservation agreements were also placed on the farmland and the land was sold to a farming family. The South Hero Land Trust and Lake Champlain Land Trust later built a parking lot and public access trail loop known as the Landon Community Trail.

Partners

Round Pond Natural Area was conserved in partnership with South Hero Land Trust, the Nature Conservancy, the Vermont Land Trust, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and the Lake Champlain Land Trust.