Montpelier might be the state capital, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t spots where you can go and explore nature and take in some breathtaking scenery from the top of a tower. That’s right, Hubbard Park is located behind the state capitol building and extends along the ridge line towards the north. One of three nature centers in Montpelier, this is one place that you can get away from it all, while still being in the middle of the city.
Take it easy or challenge yourself.
There is also a fitness trail with various fitness obstacles/challenges.
Wander around the park on the paths.
You won't believe this special place is located within the state capital!
Enjoy a quick stroll or plan a picnic.
There are places to grill if you'd like, or bring something from home or one of the shops in Montpelier.
You'll love the handcrafted benches along the Hubbard Park Tower Trail.
Each is distinct and unique.
There are miles of well maintained trails in Hubbard Park.
Admire the handiwork or take a rest while you take in the park.
If you are a dog lover, this is the place to be. This is a great place to let your dog have a good run and to do some doggie socializing.
The trek to the tower is worth it for the views.
Once you pass the metal gate, it's roughly ten minutes up a wide, moderately steep gravel and dirt trail.
Hubbard Park Tower
The views of the tower are great, but wait until you see Vermont from the top!
Unexpected treasures await.
Check out the quartz and pyrite deposit in one of the stones of the tower's entrance archway.
Stairs going up....
Stairs going down.
Take your time or give your muscles a workout up to the top. The trip up takes about 10 minutes.
Be sure to peek out of the windows.
Don't miss a bit of this gem.
Panoramic views from the top.
A view from the top of the Hubbard Tower.
A spectacular look at Camel's Hump from the top.
Vibrant trees and mountains for days.
Small enough you won't get lost, but big enough to feel like you're out-of-town...
Bring your camera!
Also, if you are daring and they are in season, have some wild edible raspberries. They are the best.
"You're leavin Hubbard Park."
Come again soon!