Woods Ramble

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!

Story Walk®

The snowflakes were resting
after their twisting twirling dance
through the crisp night air.

Every twig in the forest wore
a new coat of glimmering white.

Daybreak came softly
moving through the woods and yawning
as its rays slowly stretched
across the snowy meadows.

The birds were the first to notice...

Enjoy a New York Times best-selling winter tale as you stroll through Schmanska Park. Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy, written by Carl R. Sams II and Jean Stoick, has won multiple awards including the Benjamin Franklin Award and International Reading Association Award.

It’s a heart-warming winter wonderland adventure with enchanting images and endearing text.

Stephen B. Freligh, children’s nature writer

To begin your adventure, find the first story sign just up the path from the Grove Street crosswalk. Follow along as twenty-three panels guide you up the hill, twisting around the basketball court, and twirling toward the barn. If you’re lucky, you may hear animal sounds or spot new critters along the way as you discover who, exactly, is this stranger in the woods!

The Story Walk begins in section E4 on the Winterlude Activity Map

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, Vermont and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

Sledding

Do you know Schmanska Park is home to one of the most epic sledding hills in Burlington? Well, now you know. So what’s stopping you?! Grab a sled, garbage can lid, cafeteria tray, or unicorn and send it! Make us proud.

How do I get there?

  • The big hill is a trail linking the park with Greenmount Cemetery. Look for the break in the trees between the tennis court and barn.
  • For beginners or the supremely cautious, there’s a smaller hill between the fire road and playground.

Find the big hill in section B4 and the small hill in section E2 on the Winterlude Activity Map

Need more inspiration? Jason has gone shredding, double black diamond style from top to bottom.

Jason, Old East Ender and Unicorn Whisperer, shreds Schmanska

Still not convinced? Ok fine. Go get your board and huck yourself off Cemetery Ridge or enjoy a nice glade run through the Ramble. The choice of slide is up to you, just keep your head on a swivel and don’t flatten any neighbors! I’m talking to you, Jerry.

Little known Old East End fact – It is not crazy to snowboard Schmanska

Got your own pro tips for sliding Schmanska? Send them over and we’ll share.