Looking for help to get out and get moving? Here are some great walks around campus . . . distances included:
Burlington Country Club. 3.25 miles Roundtrip
Start on the Joggers’ Course located adjacent to the Guicciardi Fitness Center. Head south along Spear Street, then follow the path as it bends to the right just before the overpass for I-189. Follow the loop around until it returns to Spear Street where you will head north to the starting point. This walk is rated moderately difficult and is great for walking, jogging or biking . The entire path is level, with much of the walk on a paved path. A short stretch, about .75 miles, is a dirt path through a grassy field next to the Burlington Country Club. You can catch the views of Burlington Country Club and sometimes the horses at the Helen Hardacre Equine Center or the cows on the farm. This long, level course will get your heart pumping and leave you energized! See the map.
Centennial Brook. 1.05 miles Roundtrip
Start at the Centennial Woods Natural Area trailhead located on Catamount Drive. This hilly interpretive trail is rated moderately difficult and is just over one mile long. At a leisurely pace, it should take about an hour to walk this forested trail. The trail passes through open meadows, mature woods, wetlands, and crosses Centennial Brook. Some areas of the trail will be wet or muddy and there are several steep sections as well. Wear appropriate hiking footwear. You will be rewarded on the trail with views of wildlife, a cattail marsh, boardwalks through the wetlands, the Centennial Brook, and breathtaking evergreen and hardwood trees. The trail is used extensively by UVM as a natural, outdoor classroom, as well as by neighbors enjoying a fitness or nature walk. The UVM Environmental Program has installed small wooden arrow signs for you to follow. Have a great hike! See the map.
East Woods. .44 miles Roundtrip
Start at the small parking area located off Swift Street. East Woods Natural Area trail is rated an easy to moderate hike through dense, mature woods. The hilly trail is short, very scenic and makes a great lunchtime or after work hike. The hiking trail heads straight into the woods and then turns left after about 30 feet. Continuing along the trail, you will see the remains of an abandoned railroad trestle crossing the Potash Brook. In 1898, the trestle was part of the Burlington to Hinesburg railroad bed that had been planned as a commuter line between Shelburne Road and Spear Street. In the midst of grading the railroad bed, the project was abandoned because of lack of funding. Further along the trail, you will walk parallel to the Potash Brook for a short distance and walk through a grove of tall Eastern Hemlock trees. Nature and history make this short hike very interesting. See the map.
Museum Stroll. 1.17 miles Roundtrip
Start near the fountain on the University Green and walk towards Billings on the paved path. This walk takes you to the Perkins Geology Museum and back, and is rated very easy. The distance of this walk makes it ideal for a brisk pace, easily accomplished during lunch or an exercise break. From Billings, follow the pedestrian path through the Fleming Green. Turn left and head towards the Colchester Avenue traffic light, crossing the street there and continuing on to the Trinity Campus. Once there, turn left onto the sidewalk leading to Delehanty Hall, and stop to visit the Perkins Geology Museum if you'd like. (The Perkins Museum welcomes all, is free of charge, and has great exhibits to enjoy.) On the return trip, stay on Colchester Avenue until you get to the Dewey Hall crosswalk and cross the road there. Cool down at the University Green fountain. See the map.
University Heights. 1.53 miles Roundtrip
Start at the University Green fountain and cross South Prospect Street in front of Waterman using the crosswalk. This walk is rated easy and located entirely on sidewalks and pedestrian paths. Walk towards the Main Street crosswalk, continuing along South Prospect Street until you reach the exit drive from the historic Redstone Green. Turn left at the Redstone Green and walk beyond the City water tower until you reach University Heights road. Continue walking, eventually turning left onto Main Street. Cross Main Street at Morrill Hall and continue walking until you reach the crossing leading back to the University Green fountain. The fountain area is a quiet place to cool down and relax after exercising. See the map.
Waterman to College of Medicine: 2292 ft. or .43 miles
- Waterman Building to Old Mill: 643 ft. or .12 mile
- Old Mill to Bailey Howe Library: 742 ft. or .14 mile
- Bailey Howe Library to Given/College of Medicine/HSRF Facility: 907 ft. or .17 mile
Waterman to Patrick Gymnasium: 4361 ft. or .83 miles
- Waterman Building to Main St. crosswalk: 800 ft. or .15miles
- Main St. crosswalk to University Heights Road: 1663 ft. or .31 miles
- University Heights Road to Patrick Gymnasium: 1898 ft. or .36 miles
John Dewey Hall to Redstone Apartments: 5211 ft. or .99 miles
- John Dewy Hall to Waterman Building: 1000 ft. or .19miles
- Waterman Building to Bittersweet House: 795 ft. or .15 miles
- Bittersweet House to Redstone Campus: 2697 ft. or .51 miles
- Redstone Lodge to Redstone Apartments: 719 ft. or .14 miles
Walking is one of the best exercises for getting and staying fit. It is relatively easy to do, a selfpaced activity and done consistently, can help reduce many medical maladies. Walking is a low-intensity cardiovascular workout that is good for your overall health.
Getting Started With Walking
- Wear clothes that will keep you dry and comfortable and a good pair of walking shoes
- Start with shorter walks, and gradually increase the length of your walk each day as your body becomes used to the workout
- Do what comes naturally - - set a stride length that is comfortable and a speed that isn’t too tough when starting to walk
- Slowly bring the pace up during your walk and as time goes by and your body gets used to the exercise
- When you’re done walking, it’s also a good idea to slowly bring your pace down to cool your body down. This will gradually ease your heart rate down to its normal level
- To get a good workout, walk at a brisk pace. You’ll know when you’re at a brisk pace when your heart is beating at a faster than normal rate—without racing
- Thirty minutes of moderate exercise is suggested for maintaining health and managing weight at least four days a week
- If 30 minutes seems like too long, break it up into three walks of 10 minutes each
- After a vigorous walk, it’s important to stretch to reduce injuries and also to improve your flexibility. Plus, your muscles will be warm and ready to stretch after walking
Other Walking Resources
Check out the walking resources on the web. Here are a few to get you started:
- About.com Walking programs for weight loss, walking logs, etc.
- AOL Health Walking tips for beginners, walking checklist, etc.
- G-Map Map your own walking routes, distances; calculate calories burned.
- MyStart! Online An easy way to track your physical activity and nutrition intake.
- VT Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports
Last modified March 30 2010 08:36 AM