Parks in Town

Throughout the Town of Middlebury, there are a wide variety of wonderful local open spaces waiting for you to explore! The Town's Parks & Recreation staff maintains and operates a number of these public parks throughout the community for the year-round enjoyment of the public. Whether its a stroll through the historic Town Green, a hike up and around Chipman Hill, or meandering through the woods along the Otter Creek in Wright Park, these open spaces have something for everyone to enjoy!

The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) also maintains a number of conserved open spaces throughout the town that are open to the public.

These parks are open daily during the following hours:

Battell Woods 6:30am - 9pm 
Cannon Park 7am - midnight
Chipman Hill Park 6:30am - 9pm
College Park 7am - midnight
D.M. Means Memorial Woods 6:30am - 9pm
East Middlebury Recreation Park 6:30am - 9pm
Happy Trail 6:30am - 9pm
Ilsley Public Library Garden 7am - midnight
Lazarus Park 7am - midnight
Middlebury Dog Park Daylight Hours Only
Otter View Park (MALT-maintained) Daylight Hours Only
Recreation Park 7am - midnight
Riverfront Park (privately-maintained)  
Village Green / Triangle Park 7am - midnight
Wright Park (MALT-maintained) Daylight Hours Only

For your enjoyment and that of others, please remember the following rules when using Town of Middlebury's parks:
  • Carry out what you carry in, and clean up after your pets
  • Remain on established trails to protect new undergrowth
  • Wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from insects and poisonous plants
By Town ordinance, overnight camping is prohibited in all Town parks. Overnight campers can investigate campgrounds, such as at nearby Rivers Bend (open May 16) and Vermont State Parks (most are open Memorial Day to Columbus Day), or free camping on Green Mountain National Forest lands.

Middlebury Dog Park: Come visit Middlebury’s 1.5-acre fenced dog park! This park, located right next to Porter Medical Center Hospital just off South Street, includes both small and large dog areas. You will find many friendly humans and canines there daily! 

Robert Frost Interpretive Trail & Green Mountain National Forest: Located just a short drive from the center of town, the Green Mountain National Forest stretches across the central spine of the state, offering 400,000 acres of publicly protected land, with 900 miles of hiking trails, including parts of the Appalachian Trail. The forest provides countless outdoor recreation opportunities, including camping, fishing, and skiing. The nearby Robert Frost Interpretive Trail celebrates the poet with excerpts of his writings shown throughout the trail.

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TAM Trails: The Middlebury Area Land Trust's 18-mile TAM (Trail Around Middlebury) trail system circling around the center of our community also provides the public with wonderful nearby outdoor recreational/educational opportunities. To learn more about MALT's goals and programming, and how to can access these trails, please visit MALT's website.

Vermont State Parks: Exciting year-round outdoor recreational activities can also be found in our state parks! Nearby Vermont State Parks can be found just a short distance from the center of Middlebury, including Branbury State Park, Button Bay State Park, and Mount Philo State Park.
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