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The Green Mountain National Forest is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Located in Rutland Vermont, the park contains portions of both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail as well as other popular peaks and trails. The park is a popular destination in New England for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Highlights within Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest include Grout Pond Recreation Area, sections of the Appalachian and Long Trails, Little Rock Pond Trail, White Rocks Cliff Trail, and Thundering Falls. The most popular season to visit this park during autumn, as the park has a stunning display of fall foliage. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including several bird species such as the peregrine falcon, as well as black bears, moose, and coyote.

This trail is definitely worth the trip! Easy start with a relatively flat forest path that quickly turns into a steep climb over rocks and streams. I would recommend wearing water or durable hiking shoes as your feet are likely to get wet crossing some small streams. The waterfall is stunning!

Poorly marked trail. Got to what we thought was the lookout and saw nothing remarkable, so I too, am guessing we didn’t actually get to the right spot.

Great trail. Lots of variety although the rock slides could be daunting for some. Fabulous falls! At the end of the access road ( which has some fun potholes) on the way back out of the “park” is a clever sign telling you there is a speed bump! Hard to tell with all the potholes...good for a chuckle.

Well worn trail with good footing. Would really be more of a “walk” than a “ “hike” except for the rather deceiving steep elevation gain that is present in the middle. The middle section is rather taxing. Vegetation is lush with trail next to tumbling brook. Trail runs up ravine so no views except at top. Overall great trail for exercise, less so for a scenic outing

Going up was a workout, but to me it got a little easier once I made it to the springs. Not really any lookout points as you’re going up, but some great views at the top. Going down was super fast.

This was an easy hike - there were only a couple of spots that might be considered steep. It was raining on our hike so the rocks were slippery. The pond looked clear, and we saw a couple of loons.

Trail was good- perfect distance for a short hike. Not too rocky- was able to hike just fine with baby on my back. Hiked on cloudy day so we couldn’t see the view. Trail was on nice dirt road easy to find big enough parking pull off.

Great mushroom finds this year! Since we had tons of rain, a bit muddy going but nice to see the brooks and creeks filled and flowing.

Badly indicated trails that had us guessing most of the first part from Sugarloaf Ski Area. We made it eventually to Lincoln and then Abraham. Nice views from the top.
Will revisit and climb Abraham from the western part.

Great hike all-around. Impeccably maintained, well-marked, and plenty of overflow parking. Only disappointment was the crowd at the top that had driven up from the toll road. The view was a bit better from the Summit than the overlook, but definitely more solitude. There's also a spring about halfway up to cool down at. Challenging but not brutal.

It was lovely in the woods, with a couple of nice vistas near the peak of Green Mtn. Continued toward Little Rock Pond, with a few more nice views along the way. Continued along the LT/AT south to complete the loop. Flat and lots of hikers headed out the 1.7 mi to the parking area. A nice hike.

Did trail after heavy rain which made East and North pretty wet. However views of pond great.Also a great "Boardwalk" that takes you thru a bog with views of a beaver house. Swim at beach after hike makes it very special.

Easy except a few moderately steep parts. No trail signs so we took 1 wrong turn but used the app to figure it put. No bugs!

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail, well blazed with a fantastic falls at the end.

Nice challenging hike. If you get through the initial climb the remainder portion is fairly easy and nice view!

Great hike with wonderful views! It is my go to hike when family visits and wants to go.

hiking
7 days ago

Really fun adventure with a lot of navigation involved. You begin the journey on a series of logging roads, these get more narrow and at times overgrown the farther you go. After the second river crossing you transition into spruces and there’s a couple steep switchbacks. All the directions in the trail description are correct and all the landmarks are still there. I would recommend screenshoting the directions and printing them so you can better navigate the logging roads. You should see two cairns on the switchbacks, ignore the first and begin bushwhacking on the second. The bushwhack begins with open woods with lots of ferns. These get much thicker as you near the summit, if you stick more to the left on the way up there’s a herd path that avoids most of these. The summit has a sign and a canister, which I had no problem opening. There’s a pen and a visitors log inside. If you backtrack to the false summit there’s a ledge with a great view of Killington.

Great view at the top (though there are trees so it's not 360). We went when there was a ton of rain so the trail got flooded (we were literally creek hiking so the return was slippery). There's a lot of rocks on this trail so you have to wear good shoes. I would also definitely make sure you are wearing hiking gear because we saw a couple snakes at the top (so don't sit idly at the top...they creep up behind you! lol). Otherwise, this was just amazing. It took us 2 and a half hours total to hike and 30 minutes at the top so we spent 3 hours there.

A pleasant trail with wild berries and a brook. For a more “moderate” experience, be sure to climb the hill to the upper trails (see my photos of the “Afternoon Delight” and “Sundown” trails up there).

Stopped here on the way back to NY to stretch out my legs..great little trail! Trails are well maintained and the rolling hills are beautiful...saw numerous butterflies.

The view of the falls is definitely well worth the hike.

Steep hike with faster elevation gain. Totally worth the views on top. Very little crowd thanks to the hot day and yesterday’s rain. Bring water and snacks as people mentioned earlier.. loved the hike and the views

I know people say they have missed the turnout for Prospect rock. Once you reach the white LT hashes you are there. Directly across from where the LT heads north.

Headed up after a torrential rain the evening before. Trail was solid and well drained for first two-thirds - graded and small gravel underfoot. Took a head dip in the Spring - a must. Then headed up the narrower rougher last section. Here it was just a river from all the high mountain springs. Need the trail crew with picks and shovels to put in 25-30 sluices. I built a few with my bare hands which helped but gave up a half mile from the summit. Turned away about 100 hikers on way back - the trail was completely impassable.

Thunder during the hike, downpour at the lodge, fog, clearing, wonderful lighting!

Coming down is a lot faster.

Going up you climb over 750 ft to the falls. Awesome view at the end

The road to the trail is not paved and has very deep holes (so get in an SUV) and you will find a round about to park at. The trailhead is marked by a wooden sign that shows you where to go. You get to hear the waterfalls throughout the walk and sometimes have to walk on rocks to cross streams so wear good grip shoes for that. The trail is well maintained and there is a lookout of the river abt. 5min after the trailhead area. This is fairly flat at the beginning then it gets steeper about .5/1 mile into the hike. The only thing is that about 2 miles into the hike, the area closer to the waterfalls is not very well maintained. the bushes cover the trail so I would make sure you wear long pants and long sleeves so you don't get bugs on you. This area is also steep and you are sometimes walking close to a steep edge. Finally, the waterfalls at the end are beautiful and you actually should go down a little bit (instead of going left to go up near the falls) so that you can then go up but on the lower level of the falls. Oh and while others have claimed this is well marked, it's not really. You're on the blue trail at the start then near the waterfalls you are on the grey trail (no idea what happens in between) but you can't get lost. There is only 1 other trail that crosses path (7 miles) and the divergence in the road tells you the waterfalls is on your right so you can't get lost.

Really enjoyed this trail. Mostly really easy, great for families and dogs.

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