Let’s get ready to ramble!
Make your way behind the the Tennis Court (section C7 on the Winterlude Activity Map) and follow the orange trail markers as you wind your way up the hill to Greenmount Cemetery. Don’t forget to explore the side trails that split off along the way, there’s a lot to see in this little corner of the woods.
Over the years, Old East Enders have left their mark with a random array of farm equipment, fence posts, a stone bridge, a filled-in well, and the rediscovered gravesite of a Civil War veteran and his family. Current residents cross our path too, so keep an eye out for deer, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and woodchucks. If you’re really lucky, you may catch a glimpse of an elusive bobcat or fox. There’s even a rumor that a fisher cat lives among these trees.
Speaking of trees, you’ll find a variety of huggable white and red oaks, sugar and red maples, black cherries, and hemlocks. We’ve got quite a diverse community going here, and now you’re part of that story!
Once you reach the top of the hill, take some time to explore Burlington’s original burying ground. Greenmount Cemetery was established in the late 1700’s and is the final resting place of many recognizable Old East End characters. You may recognize the names Chase, Barrett, Fletcher, Nash, and Ticonderoga hero and 1st son of Vermont, Ethan Allen. Check Branch Out Burlington’s self-guided tour to hit the highlights.
If the stoke is high and you still need more trail action, continue your adventure through the gate at the back of the cemetery. Follow along the Centennial Field fence, turn left at the grounds keeping area, shimmy through the fire road gate, and hook up with the Centennial Woods trail system. From here, you can enjoy miles of trails in the very heart of the Old East End.
Winter Rambling Tips
Stay safe while exploring the outdoors. Dress in layers to protect against the shifting elements. A warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter, jacket and pants (yes, I said pants) are a must. Winter hiking boots protect your feet and, if you need additional traction when the trails get packed and icy, consider adding micro spikes. For the fluffy deep stuff, snowshoes and poles keep you moving safely through the winter wonderland.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and breathe!