Abbey Pond Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Middlebury, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from East Middlebury, VT: Travel 5.5 miles north of East Middlebury on SR 116. The trail begins on the east side of the road.
Looks like a great trail for a weekend hike but there is quarry next to it. walked 15 minutes but the construction noise was too loud
The trail was a bit steep for the first mile or so and the flattens off towards the end. The river meanders along the side of the trail and at one of the crossings it can be easy to lose the trail so keep your eyes peeled for a blue marker. I went out just after it had rained and be aware that the rocks in the trail are slippery when wet. I saw a lot of red eft newts on the damp earth and enjoyed the serenity of the pond at the end.
The beginning of the trail is steep but very nice. After about 30 minutes you come to a "fork" and it's unclear which way to go. Trail needs to better marked. Beautiful creek and very pretty overall.
Beautiful beaver dam at the top.
This was my first trail in Vermont and the description of it was pretty spot on with the uphill to the Pond being a moderate challenge. the only warning about the trail is that footing can be a challenge with roots, rocks and soft soil. Remember to not take your eye off the path and the peacefulness at the top is worth it.
The first half of the trail climbs at a steady pace along the beautiful waterfalls The last half of the trail is a pretty flat, easy walk through the woods. Fortunate not to encounter ice or mud on this first day of spring.
Really beautiful hike. Went on a Saturday and only saw two people on the trail. It was pretty steep, and as the ranger we met said, it's "decievingly long." As a side note, ticks abound already this year!
Well marked trees for following the path. Love how quiet and not anyone on the path on a weekday. Lots of up hill but my 8 and 10 year old pulled it off. My 17 and 13 thought it was a breeze but enjoyed it. The view at the pond was worth it!