Environmental Studies at UVM

Carse Wetlands

The Carse Wetlands Natural Area is 225 acres in size and located in Hinesburg, Vermont adjacent to and east of Baldwin Road.  The property is a mix of open agricultural fields, forests, and wetlands including a basin of open water.  The wetlands and open water dominate the central portion of the property isolating the eastern side of the property from the more accessible western portion.  Direct access to the western portion of the property is along Baldwin Road where there is approximately 500 feet of frontage at two separate locations along the road.  The eastern side of the property is effectively landlocked and contains a collection of significant ecological features including unusual upland and wetland natural communities and a number of rare plants.  A Vermont Electric Company (VELCO) high-tension power line runs through the northwest portion of the property. A trail system has recently been developed for the natural area with a short boardwalk leading out into the core wetland.

Driving Directions

From Burlington, take State Route 116 for approximately 15 miles to Hinesburg, Vermont.  In the center of Hinesburg near to town offices, turn left and travel west on Charlotte Road.  At the second sharp turn, stay straight on Baldwin Road.  There is a trailhead with information kiosk on the left with roadside parking just beyond where the VELCO power lines cross the road.