I found the hiking trail into Hubbard Park behind the State House on a chilly winter's morning and decided to give it a go despite the cold & snow.
Wow - what a gorgeous path that was!
It winded up the hill through a beautiful woody forest, culminating with the Hubbard Park Tower at the top, a century-old stone structure sporting a pretty decent view over the Vermont countryside. I was pleasantly surprised by the many happy locals out for a run & walking their dog and struck up a few happy conversations along the way.
I returned to the city via the northern trail, taking me back down the hill and winding around to Corse Street in the park's south-eastern corner. There are some fantastic views of the city skyline around where Corse Street joins Cliff Street - perfect for shooting a panorama photo.
The whole trek from start to finish took just under an hour at a fairly rushed pace (I was on a tight schedule), but I think it'd be more suitable to set aside two hours to fully enjoy its serenity. I'd recommend Hubbard Park to any Montpelier visitor who is comfortable with a moderate uphill walk. If it's this beautiful in the winter, I can't imagine how glorious it'd be during the warmer months.