Prospect Rock Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Prospect Rock Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Manchester Center, VT that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.1 miles 1072 feet Out & Back



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Directions from Manchester Depot, VT: Travel northeast on SRs 11 / 30 making a sharp right onto East Manchester Road. Make an immediate left onto Rootville Road. Follow until the road forks (which is practically the end of the road) and bear right. Trailhead is at the end. Parking is limited.

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14 days ago

Easy to follow and worthwhile views after a moderate climb on fire roads. It's a favorite of mine.

3 months ago

Hiked to Prospect Rock and then continued on the AT and long trail to Stratton pond...steep incline to prospect and thereafter pretty flat. Beautiful day to hike with wind blowing thru the tress although was a bit muddy. Nice section to get a feel for AT hiking.

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10 months ago

Great little day hike with a cool waterfall and an amazing view from prospect rock. The trail is very open but pretty steep. Did this in January and it was extremely icy! Make sure to keep an eye out for the sign pointing to prospect rock, it is not immediately visible.

1 year ago

Loved it! Spectacular view of downtown Manchester. Definitely one of the best in the area.

1 year ago

Did a loop with an overnight. Hiked Lyle Brook trail and detoured to the waterfall which was beautiful. Then continues trail which is extremely overgrown with hobble bushes, camped at Bourne pond, woke up and hiked the Branch Pond Trail which is nicely maintained. Stayed on trail to the intersection with AT then turned down service road to Prospect Rock which provides a beautiful view of the mountains to the south and west. Trail continues to the paved road for a mile and a half hike back to start.

1 year ago

Very easy trail. Wide trail. There is no marking for prospect rock but there were people at the rock so we got there ok. View is ok but I think it would be wonderful during Fall season.

1 year ago

Nice fairly quiet trail despite being part of the AT. Lots of water sources on the way, dogs and kid loved it. Very steep in a short distance, but the view of Manchester is definitely worth it.

2 years ago

Correction- the trailhead is not on Bromley Brook road. Driving north go to the next road on the right; Rooteville Road. Park at the water tower and head up logging road. You could probably get to it from Bromley Brook but it is not marked. From Rooteville you will see a State Forest info board a little way in. The trail is all on the logging road so while it does ascend steadily it is easy walking and a beautiful rushing mountain stream runs alongside the trail. There is a short spur to the right partway up that leads to a fantastic overlook.
Really nice hike with spectacular views and it connects to the Appalachian Trail. Unless you wish to continue on the AT you'd turn around after reaching Prospect Rock and return the way you came.

6 years ago

The Prospect Rock Trail is actually an ATV steep road that heads south from Manchester to an ocerlook with views of Manchester and Mt. Equinox r\to the west. A constant steep hike is rewarded with a terrific view.