Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Mt Mansfield State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Yes. Silly signs about private property

We were thankful to the previous reviewer who told us not to give up hope on the public parking at the end of the road. Just when we despaired we were entering a private address, the parking lot appeared on the right. I was glad to have my hiking boots for the wet rocky area. The waterfall and notch were nice and the trail easy to follow. I would have given it another star if it weren't for the first part of the trail that followed the lodge and the seemingly ridiculous amount of signs reminding you that it bordered private property. We did experience bugs, so take the bug spray.

walking
6 days ago

Great walk with beautiful views. Would be very slippery in the rain but if it’s dry this is a very enjoyable 1.5-2 hour walk (at a casual pace).

I came straight down the gondola path and had to navigate a 20 ft waterfall. Killed my quads.

Did this in February on snowshoes. Lots of snow, beautiful and peaceful. Has a few steeper spots for short periods but always levels out to let you catch breath. No view at top but beautiful wooded surroundings with brook along the way.

scenic driving
3 months ago

Densely forested, with lots of boulders, twists, and turns. There several places to pull off and hike. Unfortunately, there aren’t many long range views, but you should definitely check it out if you’re in the area.

Nice winter hike. Snowshoes are probably recommended.

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked this trail to the top and back, it was not 6.4 miles but a little over 8 miles. There was not a clear spot to turn around as the Catamount XC trail goes on for many miles, so we stopped at approximately the top, and we got a little view, but not very much.

It was an enjoyable trail to hike, with beautiful scenery, but does not see much traffic in summer, some areas were not very well marked and 2 different people missed a turn and got lost on the way down. It was wet in places and the footing could be slippery. I would not classify this as a great trail for beginners.

At the top there was a lot of signs of moose activity.

(FYI The reviewer Jesepe A is obviously commenting on a different trail that starts nearby goes up to the Long Trail and back, https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/vermont/nebraska-notch-lake-mansfield-trail, that is not this trail)

Perfect hike! Meandering trail. Lots of ponds, rivers, flowers, moss, trees. I was smiling the whole time. First 1/4 really easy trek, next 1/2 somewhat challenging uphill with rocks, then last 1/4 easy again. No real 'peak' with a view, but still an amazing hike. Would do again.

Moderate. Beautiful. My companions who wore sneakers weren't happy, but I was fine with boots. One steep climb. Ends at Taylor Lodge.

Great, easy hike. It costs $23 per vehicle with one adult and $8 more per adult to go up the road, and the gates at the bottom close at 5PM. Beautiful views, almost all over rocks. If you're afraid of heights the drive may be hard for you as you get closer to the visitors center, and there are parts of the path that may be hard too.

Pretty easy hike. Take the toll road up to the summit and then hike to the chin.
The hike itself was very pretty where you can see the lake Champlain on side and the presidential range on the other side. You are hiking on rocks all the way through, which could get difficult if the rocks are slippery. Overall a great experience. Must do if you are in Stowe. keep in mind that you will need to pay a pretty handsome amount to get on the toll road. Also make sure to get there early since they get full pretty quickly.

Easy hike with good views

Nice on a rainy day, the falls were particulary great.

Hiked this on 9/2/17 - Saturday. Normally, we don't hike on weekends due to the number of people, but it was a gorgeous day so we took a chance. This is a good, but hard hike. It definitely got the heart pumping. Not a particularly kind trail underfoot, as you have to consistently watch your step. Toward the top, there is some hand over hand, narrow rock scrambling that has to be done about the last 1/3 mile. For those afraid of heights this could be an issue. I can't say it's the worst I've ever been on and I have been known to freeze-up on a high, narrow precipice. Made it to the top and it was well worth the effort! My muscles definitely knew they had been worked the next day. NOW, my complaint. PEOPLE LEASH YOUR DOGS. #1, it is dangerous to others and your dog to have an unleashed animal...i DON'T CARE HOW WELL BEHAVED YOU THINK THEY ARE! #2, IT IS RUDE! NOT EVERYONE IS A DOG FAN having your furry friend who just played in a mud puddle suddenly think I'm their best friend. This does not endear me to you! #3, take water for your pet. Backpackers, rely on that creek water for drinking. Keep your dog out of it. #4, If your dog isn't a "hiker", this is not a trail to start them on. There are some very steep places and some your dog may be afraid to go up or down. Please don't take 15 minutes trying to coax your dog up or down when people are lining up waiting on narrow parts to get by then expect everyone to clap because your dog did a good job! There is a leash rule on this hike. It is for everyone's safety. Please be considerate and obey it. Out of the 10 or so dogs on the trail on this day that we saw only 1 was on leash.

Good hike for older kids. My 5 years old girl struggled a little bit. Well marked. The view of the lake and the waterfall (Small one) was very nice.

This was a great hike. Relatively easy if you take the toll road up and go from there to the summit. There are lots of offshoot trails that take you to different places or that you can go out and back on. They can quickly get more difficult if thats what you're looking for. Great views, crowded but not crazy. We would gladly do this one again. Definitely recommend.

This was a fun little hike with some scrambles, some climbing up and down, and some slippery areas.
Parts of the ridge were quite windy.
We hiked with our 12pound pup whose 10. She was a champ, but I did pick her up a few times because of the wind or jagged climbing areas.
Driving up the toll road was pretty fun, too!

This is probably the most beautiful trail in Vermont. There are views in all directions from the rocky ridge above tree line. The whole trail takes about an 2 hours round trip and the pitch is pretty mellow. If you are looking for an easy hike, avoid the more difficult trails that branch from the Long Trail such as cliff trail. These are very steep and technical. This is also a great trail in winter and it provides access to Stowe's backcountry terrain such as Rock Garden, Profanity Chute and Hourglass (not that these are very gnarly and should only be skied by experts)

The view on this trail was AMAZING! My son and I did this trail in about two hours. My son is a wrestler and in very good shape, me? Well let's just say I could lose 100 lbs, but love hiking. He had to wait on me a few times to catch my breath.

The trail was mostly rocks and well marked. The wild flowers and pine smells were nice. I would definitely recommend this trail to anyone (not afraid of heights)

Lovely hike out & back with young families. Our 4-year old could have technically hiked the whole thing, but his pace would have kept us out longer than we had time for. We especially had fun exploring the rock cave and climbing up the ladder on the "rough" trail. Taylor lodge was the perfect spot to contain mobile kiddos while we ate a snack before descending. With a 4-year old, 15month old and 6 month old plus pup it took 4 hours round trip, snack included. Def would recommend!

Beautiful hike with waterfalls and babbling brooks along the way. Moderate hike with a large portion being uphill. There are areas where it's quite muddy but it's not difficult to maneuver through, lots of rocks to use as stepping stones. Rockier in some spots than I anticipated (even though it's listed as rocky). No bugs when we hiked but I recommend having bug spray on hand because it's seems like the perfect environment for deer fly and mosquitos. Taylor Lodge is at the top and is pretty cool. FOR OUT-OF-STATERS.. we've had lots of rain here in VT which is the reason for all the mud and i'm assuming accounts for the excessive waterfalls, streams and brooks so I'm not sure if this review will be accurate if the rain ever stops and we get a real VT summer.

Nice, moderate trail. As you approach via car, there are lots of private property signs. Keep going. Just as you begin to lose hope there is public parking, you will see a small sign on the right directing you up a steep hill to public parking and the trail head. No stunning views but nice waterfall and beaver dams.

There's no better view in VT

hiking
Wednesday, March 08, 2017

This short hike was certainly a nice follow up to our disastrous attempt to hike Mt. Madison the day before. A short drive up the road to the Nose and then you take the trail that follows the spine of Mt. Mansfield all the way to the Chin. Great views all the way around. You get a great view of Lake Champlain to the west, and can see all the way back the Presidential Range to the east. This is kid friendly also, an easy hike that follows a bedrock trail for the most part. Got to see some fall color which was nice too.

hiking
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This is a wonderful trail. The beginning section wasn't very enjoyable, due to following alongside a private road and lodge. There was a lot of noise from chainsaws and mowers during this time. However once we got further into the trail it is much more enjoyable. Lots of steep rocks to climb up and great views of the lake. The waterfall is beautiful and totally worth climbing down to the bottom for the view. Further in we heard a moose which was really nice. We reached the lodge, had lunch and turned back. Great for a short day hike, took us about 2.5 hours total.

scenic driving
Sunday, August 30, 2015

I, LOVE this drive. I have a six speed Beetle and this drive is a BLAST. Other than that, the views are amazing. Every time I come to Vermont I try to fit this into my driving.

Not much In the way of views but a fun hike. Took the Mansfield trail to Bow trail which loops around. Waterfall was nice and we climbed down to get some better views. Bow trail is described as rough and it is. Rocks and roots along with cave ladders and caves. Very fun with more options for longer hikes. Gradual incline so never really feel the elevation. Will be back to try some of the other trails.

hiking
Saturday, May 30, 2015

Hiked from Stevenson Road to Taylor Lodge then down to Lake Mansfield and the private Trout Club. There is a waterfall between Taylor Lodge and the lake. Hiked back up to Taylor Lodge and took the .4 mile Clara Bow loop which includes a small cave portion. The rough portion of the trail is definitely worth it. Enjoy!

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