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“A genuinely beautiful park to explore during the winter”
Review of Hubbard Park

Hubbard Park
Ranked #6 of 19 things to do in Montpelier
Certificate of Excellence
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Toronto, Canada
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84 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“A genuinely beautiful park to explore during the winter”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

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.

Visited January 2014
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Miami, Florida
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23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Easy to get to”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

3 different trails go up a tower. I encourage the long way down as you get a bird's eye view of the city. Really cool.

Visited September 2013
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Tottori, Japan
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Just go and hike to the tower. In the Fall you can see beautiful leaves and the mountains that surround the area. It is much easier to get there if you ask a local. Depending on which way you exit, you can come out behind the State Capitol building. There are really interesting benches and rock formations that look like some prehistoric stove that can be seen. Bring your camera. Also if you are daring and they are in season, have some wild edible raspberries. They are the best.

Visited September 2013
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Bay City, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice park, but ask a local how to get there!”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

The short walk to this observation tower is right up our alley, but the drive to get there was not! Look at JWren's review also. "The second" entrance he refers to is the way our GPS instructed us to get to the park. It was crazy! Steep and winding! We continued down the road when we exited, which was JWren's "first" entrance... piece of cake.

Cool that you can walk up the (modern) stairs inside the tower. The view from the tower was wonderful. The walk up the path was refreshing after being in the city.

Go see this park, but go armed with directions from someone else than your GPS!!

Visited September 2013
2 Thank Linda T
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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39 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice park, hard to get too”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

The park is on the hill behind the city. It has two entrances, one on either end of the city. The first one we tried was the one closest to the interstate exit. After driving UP there it was closed off to traffic. So we went through town around to the other. We thought the first entrance was steep to get to, the second was almost scary steep. We made it up there and hiked up to the tower. Cool view, cool place to see once you get up there.

Visited August 2013
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