Arms Park (BHS Woods)

There are a bunch of trails in the woods between Burlington High School, Elk’s Club, and Bike Path.  Sections to/from the hill behind BHS get steep >30 degrees.  At top of path on right when going south, there are stone blocks that prevent me from getting to BHS road.  Rocks at top of path on left are spaced farther apart so I can get through.

Some of the trails are pretty flat with crushed stone surface and small bridges over very small streams.  In other places, the tails are single track dirt where I have encountered downed trees and exposed rock ledges that got pretty technical.

It is possible to go across BHS and North Ave. to the path that leads down to the Sea Caves.  This path is steep, but pretty stable and without significant cross slope.  Unfortunately, I learned you have to go through the water to get to the caves, so arrival at the bottom was a little anticlimactic.  This said, I may try this again in winter to access skating on the Intervale ponds.

The BHS woods are close to Ethan Allen Park, so the 2 areas are easy to combine in one ride.

Update:  Went over to Rock Point that connects to Arms Park yesterday.  Not really great for biking because most trails are for walking only, but my friends parked their bikes and I took a chance riding mine in.  The overlook from the cliffs just a short way from the no bikes sign, a little past the Outdoor Chapel is spectacular!  See the photo of me in red.

More Information

Trail Name: Arms Park (BHS Woods)

Location: Burlington, Vermont  |  Map

Type: Narrow trail (< 30"), Wide trail (≥ 30″), Recreation path, Start and end at different points


Length: .5 mile +/-

Steepest Section: Difficult – over 30º

Most Off-Camber Section: Mild – under 10º

Terrain: Mostly hardpack, minimal loose sections

Obstacles: Root exposure, Deep ruts and erosion, Brush and/or other growth, Baby heads and/or rock gardens, Drops, ledges, jumps, Water crossings

Help Needed? Nope

Directions to Trailhead

North Ave. In Burlington to High school or Elk’s Club



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