Walking Trails

COVID-19 Update:

All on-site programs, including tours and the Children’s Farmyard, are suspended until further notice. Trails are open. You may order Farm products for curbside pickup at our Farm Store. The Inn and Restaurant will not open as usual this season. More details at: COVID-19 homepage.

During COVID-19, our 10 miles of trails remain available to you for walking and exercise, and as a place to seek solace, comfort, and connection to the natural world. This reflects Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order.

In accordance with Governor Scott’s new “Play Smart, Play Safe” Addendum (05/06/20) , we have new requests of you. 

  • Practice social distancing at all times in our parking lot and on our trails. Maintain 6 feet of separation between you and other parties, stepping off the trail as needed.
  • Bring face masks for the adults in your party during your visit, and wear them anytime another person (outside your pod) gets within 6 feet.
  • Do not congregate at the parking lot or on trails.
  • Only visit if you have met the 14-day quarantine requirement for travellers coming from out of state.
  • Do not play contact sports/games on the property.

In addition, to help keep our community safe and preserve our trails, existing guidelines apply. 

  • Park only at the Welcome Center. The Farm roads are closed to visiting cars.
  • Come back another time if our Welcome Center parking lot is full. This will limit crowding (and potential virus transmission) both in the parking lot and at our trailhead.
  • Leave your bikes at home or at the Welcome Center parking lot. 
  • Stay on marked trails. After parking at the Welcome Center, stay on the pedestrian path along the Farm’s main road to the lake. In other areas, use off-road marked trails wherever possible. 
  • Stay out of all barns and buildings. To protect the safety of our staff who are operating essential food and farm functions, all our barns and buildings are closed to the public. The Welcome Center & Farm Store is open for curbside pick ups only.
  • Respect all “Private No Access” or “No farther” signs.  While open to the public, the Farm has several private property owners as neighbors and on-farm residents. We are fully committed to being a good neighbor to them and respecting their privacy. Please do the same by observing all “Private No Access” or “No Farther” signs. 
  • Leave your dogs at home. We know pets offer comfort in uncertain times (and they need walks, too!). However, with more people visiting, animals going out on pasture, and increased wildlife activity, we don’t allow visiting dogs after April 1. 
  • In lieu of an admission fee, please consider supporting the Farm today to help care for and share our educational campus. Thank you!

Note:  There are currently no public restrooms available on the property.

About bringing your dog

  • Sorry, no dogs permitted April 1-October 31. Shelburne Dog Park is a mile down the road.
  • Leashed dogs permitted November 1-March 31.