Thursday, February 19, 2015

South Burlington, Vermont nature trails - Come to the woods, Underwood Park

Underwood Park photos, South Burlington, VT

      Underwood Park, with nature trails is (60.7 acres) in South Burlington ,

Vermont. Take a left off Spear Street onto Nowland Farm Road (directly across from Overlook Park), travel 0.31 miles down Nowland Farm Rd. Park is on the right. No park entrance signs at this time.  
Current facilities include a small network of pedestrian trails in the wooded areas, scenic mountains, and lake views, and a large open field.

                        11.1 mile round trip bike ride from our house to the park.

South Burlington, VT photos

      Cross country ski trail well packed. However, step off the trail and even with snowshoes, I sank a foot or more.

Note: The areas where blue tags are posted are owned by the South Pointe neighborhood association. 

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Note: The areas where blue tags are posted are owned by the South Pointe neighborhood association. 

Seek nature to find yourself ~ Bernie Paquette

 City of South Burlington Acquires 60.7-acre Underwood Property February 22, 2013, South Burlington, VT– The grand view of Lake Champlain and rolling fields of the 60.7 +/- acre Underwood Property on Spear Street and Nowland Farm Road has been acquired by the City of South Burlington. Click here to read the rest of the press release.

Regarding the wooded trails that start at the eastern edge of the Underwood fields: Headed south from the Underwood property, you first encounter the trails maintained by the South Pointe homeowners association. Those are the blue tags [on trees marking the trail]. After that there is a parcel that is a single family home, and to the south of that are the South Village Trails. I believe that’s what you encountered with the pink ribbons. Those are trails that were roughed in with the original South Village Master Plan approval in the mid 2000s and will likely be enhanced in the future as phase III of the project is built. On the South Village Master Plan, those are listed as the “quiet trails” (ie: NO dogs by Act 250 permit).

They are located within the Natural Resource Conservation District. The area is open space for South Village’s approval made use of all of the allowable housing density for compact development in three areas. I’m not aware of any discussions about the City seeking to purchase, but as I said, the land is approved as Open Space. Info from Paul Conner.

 Underwood Property Vision Framework Mar 2015 Report@  (Pending)

Click here for a report of the South Burlington Open Space Committee.

To view any of the other Natural areas, Parks, and Bike-Path photos, in my Community  series, click on the Table of Contents tab on the top of  this blog, page down to Community then click on the posting of your choice.  

Click here for South Burlington Recreation and Parks information. 

Bernie publishes essays and photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community. He urges us all to pick up litter and maintain a litter free environment through caring, community, and contribution in order to protect our water, wildlife, and human health. 
Bernie resides in SB, Vermont