Despite its proximity to downtown Montpelier, a walk through Hubbard Park can really feel like you’re out in the middle of nowhere. The park covers 194 acres with approximately 7 miles of walking and skiing trails, 2 picnic shelters, a lot of picnic areas, a soccer and ball field, a small pond and a 54-foot stone observation tower. The tower, which dates back to 1930, is set on the highest point of the park, so by climbing the stairs to the top, you’ll have great views of Montpelier and the surrounding area.
This is a popular spot for dog walkers, where dogs are allowed to run off-leash (as long as they are “under control at all times”). In the winter there are some good sledding hills, and the trails are great for cross country skiing. Hubbard is a great spot for a picnic lunch on nice days – be prepared for a hike up a steep hill to get there.