Whetstone River Access

Brattleboro, Vermont

Whetstone Brook

Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Wildlife & Watershed Protection
Coming soon! A new 12-acre community park with trails and river access
Dogs allowed on leash
Dogs allowed on leash
No cell service
No cell service
Hiking
Hiking
Winter access
Winter access
! Special considerations: The site will be under construction through 2023.
  • Public access: Yes
  • Activities: walking, swimming, birding, fishing
  • Caretaker: Vermont River Conservancy
Whetstone River Access Brattleboro, Vermont Whetstone Brook

Whetstone River Access

Coming soon! A new 12-acre park in downtown Brattleboro, set to be open to the public beginning in 2023.

More than a decade ago, Tropical Storm Irene devastated downtown Brattleboro. Waters rushed down the Whetstone Brook, dangerously eroding riverbanks below homes and businesses, and flooding downbown Brattleboro.

Post-Irene, Brattleboro identified this 12-acre property as one of the best chances to slow future floodwaters. But there was one key problem: Centuries of industrial development had added more and more sand, gravel, and waste to the site, lifting up the land well above the river. As a result, when the Whetstone Brook floods, its waters couldn’t reach the land, and the land couldn’t help the waters spread-out and slow their crash course into downtown Brattleboro.

Vermont River Conservancy stepped-up to help. We bought the 12-acre land from Cersosimo Lumber in 2017. After years of working with engineers, archaeologists, and city planners, in 2023 we’ll be ready to break ground as we work towards a new community park for Brattleboro.

Conservation Details

  • River: Whetstone Brook
  • Acreage: 12.00
  • River frontage (ft): 2,350

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