No Pain, All Gain Hiking (Kingsland Bay Nature Trail)
Sometimes you need a short easy hike, because you have little kids with you, or older folks,but sometimes you want a short easy hike because that is all you have time for! This week, I found just a little time to meet up with my niece Cara Lovell and friend Ian Ausprey, and we found the perfect spot for a quick, easy hike.
Kingsland Bay State Park in Ferrisburgh is one of Vermont's newest state parks, and it is a beauty! Much of the park is a natural area along the shores of Lake Champlain, and there is a spectacular 1 mile hiking trail, perfect for a short walk. The path is on a peninsula, and follows right along the edge of the water.
There is some uneven footing on the trail, but it is fairly level with no big hills to climb. You are walking right along the edge of the lake at times, and then the path turns into the woods just a bit, before winding right back out along to the shore. If you look in the woods, you can find many interesting things, like cavity nesting areas in old trees, chipmunks, and wooly bear caterpillars.
There are several areas where you can pull off the trail, and soak up some sun on the lake shore, and enjoy some peace and quiet. There are flocks of geese going overhead these days, and some early changes in the foliage.
It's a great spot! The only problem is, at some point, you will have to come back out.
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