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Kingsbury Branch River Access

East Montpelier, Vermont

Kingsbury Branch, Winooski River

Paddling Access
Paddling Access
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Paddling Access
Paddling Access
River access for paddlers, and critical protection for endangered species.
Dogs not allowed
Dogs not allowed
! Special considerations: This small parcel provides critical protection for endangered species. Please leave your dogs at home to keep wildlife here safe.
Kingsbury Branch River Access East Montpelier, Vermont Kingsbury Branch, Winooski River

Kingsbury Branch River Access

Just before the Kingsbury Branch meets the meandering Winooski River, this 5-acre parcel has a little bit of everything — walking paths, paddlers’ access, and a section of snowmobile trail. Most importantly, this conservation project protects an animal on the Vermont threatened and endangered species list, and is used by local schools for ecology education.

Two pull-offs let paddlers safely access the river, and Vermont Youth Conservation Corps helped build trails, plant native trees and shrubs, and install signs. Vermont River Conservancy bought the land, added an easement, then donated the land to the Town of East Montpelier. The land is open to the public for all to enjoy nature and access the outstanding paddling waters.

Conservation Details

  • River: Kingsbury Branch, Winooski River
  • Acreage: 5.00
  • River frontage (ft): 1,900

Funding Partners

This project made possible thanks to the support and partnership of:

  • Concept2
  • East Montpelier Conservation Fund
  • Fields Pond Foundation
  • National Life Group
  • Northfield Savings Bank
  • Price Chopper Golub Foundation
  • Schultz-Blackwell Trust
  • VAST
  • Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Washington Electric Cooperative
  • Individual Donors


On Route 2 west of Plainfield center, turn north onto Coburn Road. Drive approximately 0.75 mile past the Coburn Covered Bridge. Look for signs to the access on the right.

From Route 14 in East Montpelier, turn south onto Coburn Road. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Access will be on the left before the Coburn Covered Bridge.