We offer a wide selection of hiking opportunities. Whether you're looking for an easy, family friendly hike or looking for a hike with breathtaking views, we have a trail nearby waiting for you.
The trail, marked with blue blazes, enters the 15,680-acre Lye Brook Wilderness following along Lye Brook. Utilizing old logging railroad grades and old woods roads, the trail travels up a steady gradual slope. Downed trees from a 1995 cyclonic storm and a few small stream crossings make some of the trail challenging, which is in keeping with Wilderness management practices. A century ago, this area had been heavily logged, with railroads, charcoal kilns, and sawmills dotting the landscape. The land has reverted back to its natural state, but those wishing to explore can still find the remains of many of these turn of the century industries. The spur trail at 1.8 miles on the right, leads to the 125-foot high Lye Brook Falls, one of the highest in Vermont. Slippery rocks make the falls extremely dangerous and climbing the falls is not recommended.
This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail (AT/LT) winds south from the AT/LT Trailhead located on Routes 11/30 in Winhall. The trail passes through hardwood forest and through large boulders and crosses numerous streams. Winding along a ridge with gradual ups and downs, the trail eventually crosses Old Vermont 30. This old stage road once connected Manchester, Bondville and Peru.
A 300' spur off of the AT/LT summits at Spruce Peak and offers a framed vista of the northern Manchester valley and a limited section of the Taconic Mountains.
This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail, marked with white blazes, travels to the summit of Stratton Mountain. The trail begins a gradual ascent from the parking area through a mixed hard/softwood forest. At 1.4 miles the trail crosses Forest Road 341, and begins the steeper climb up the mountain. The trail flattens out for a little while following a ridgeline, then climbs again using switchbacks. Vista openings along the trail offer beautiful views of Somerset Reservoir to the south. At the summit of Stratton Mountain, you may climb a recently renovated 70 ft. fire tower that was originally erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. The tower offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Green Mountain range and the Taconic Mountains to the west. A Green Mountain Club caretaker is stationed at the summit during summer and fall months, to assist hikers and help preserve the natural area.
The trail to Stratton Pond ascends gradually through a mixed hard/softwood forest. Several wet areas dot the trail and are particularly susceptible to erosion, so planking, known as puncheon, is set over the wet areas to minimize damage to the trail and surrounding area. Stratton Pond is the largest body of water on the Long Trail, and the most heavily used location on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. As a result of this heavy use, the potential for impact on the shoreline and the pond’s ecosystem is serious. Camping is restricted to the designated sites only. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry-out/carry- in.
The trail, part of the Appalachian/Long Trail system, is identified by white trail blazes. This trail follows a rocky course through a mixed northern hardwood forest. From the summit there are excellent views in all directions. In particular, Stratton Mountain is to the south and Mount Equinox is to the west. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.