LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area Trail

Shelburne, Vermont

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Many people flock to nearby Shelburne Farm, a 1400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark. (This is definitely worth a visit and also has walking trails.) If you are looking for something a little quieter, however, try a trip to the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area. This 211-acre preserve offers an interpretive trail along the LaPlatte River, McCabes Brook, and the surrounding marsh. The relatively easy trail—especially great for younger children—follows the water’s edge most of the way, providing great views and many opportunities for bird sightings. Over sixty bird species use this area as breeding habitat. Some to look out for are osprey, belted kingfisher, tree swallow, pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, and wood duck. Although you won’t get too far from the road and may hear some traffic noise, that will be overshadowed by the chirping of birds, pecking of woodpeckers, and honking of geese.
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

Many people flock to nearby Shelburne Farm, a 1400-acre working farm and National Historic Landmark. (This is definitely worth a visit and also has walking trails.) If you are looking for something a little quieter, however, try a trip to the LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area. This 211-acre preserve offers an interpretive trail along the LaPlatte River, McCabes Brook, and the surrounding marsh.

The relatively easy trail—especially great for younger children—follows the water’s edge most of the way, providing great views and many opportunities for bird sightings. Over sixty bird species use this area as breeding habitat. Some to look out for are osprey, belted kingfisher, tree swallow, pileated woodpecker, great blue heron, and wood duck. Although you won’t get too far from the road and may hear some traffic noise, that will be overshadowed by the chirping of birds, pecking of woodpeckers, and honking of geese.

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Shelburne
Distance: 1.4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: May-November
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy of Vermont
Local Maps: USGS Burlington
Driving Directions: Directions to LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area Trail

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