Black Mountain Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brattleboro, Vermont that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

2.5 miles
967 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



no dogs

The complex of dry ridge-top communities on Black Mountains rugged granite contours is exemplary for the region.

4 months ago

This morning I hiked up from Rice Farm Rd. Great hike. But from the top there is a little "hut" that had a trail down the back. There were a couple of white signs along that trail that said it was private property but hiking allowed. I cant seem to find any maps with that trail on it. I eventually came out on Black Mountain Rd. (fortunately my wife texted me shortly after I got down and she came and returned me to my car. BUT the top half of that trail was the most spectacular environment I've hiked in Vermont ever!

4 months ago

Pretty forest and some variety of trail with some boulders and rock at the top. . Interesting abandoned structures at top. No real great views or sense of arriving at the top. Some good steep parts for cardio. Very well marked. Very lightly traveled. I almost never see another person and hike here regularly as it is very near my house. Good in snow—trail is clear.

4 months ago

fun hike with some partial views of Monadnock.

9 months ago

great loop trail...great workout

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Please be sure to see the comment below from Anthony Scott. There are TWO different trails that people are reviewing here. The trail that leaves from Rice Farm Rd. at the West River is steep with some rocks and roots. Small children will find this a tough climb. I'd say most 3rd graders would handle it, depnding on the amount of exertion they are willing to undertake. I had some middle schoolers who were not willing to finish it.
The second trail that people are describing here, thinking it is the only one, leaves from the trailhead on Black Mtn. Road. There is a rail fence and entry there. That trail goes to a separate peak. The trail is wide, ascends very gradually, is well-groomed, and leads to very nice views....much better than on the peak farther to the northwest.
If you have a family and prefer a shorter, gradual climb with good views, THIS is the one you want.
Of course, as Anthony said, you could just do the whole loop!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nice 2 hour hike. Elevation might be tough for kids, so wouldn't call it a family outing, unless you have kids who have done uphill trails before. Beautiful forest flora and fauna.

Monday, October 24, 2016

This trail is lovely, easy and suitable for most ages and fitness levels. The views are great at the top and in the warmer seasons a great place to catch a sunset. You can see Monadnock if you're standing where the old cabin used to be. I did see that several people thought the views weren't that great. I completely disagree and I recommend walking around the rocky areas at the top for some less obstructed views. A little exploring goes a long way!This is a place where the Leave No Trace principle is sometimes ignored. Lots of carins in one spot along the trail and on our most recent hike we saw an "art installation" that an artist hung from a tree. This can be harmful to wildlife and it takes away from the being in nature experience for many. I'm all for expression through art, but please leave your "stamp" out of Mother Nature and let her show you her artistry.

Friday, August 26, 2016

There are two ways to access Black Mountain and it seems like some people are reviewing the shorter trail, while some people reviewing the trail listed here. Black Mountain is a horseshoe shape, with a peak at each end. The trail that is listed here (starting at Rice Farm Rd) is progressive for the first half, but pretty steep until it levels off on top. They are beautiful boulders everywhere and the trail is maintained very well. You can see Mountain Laurel and all different colors of granite on the way to the top. Black Mountain is a very unique environment to southern Vermont. In the summer there are blueberries and newts, and all sorts of fun things to see.The peak for the trail that is it listed on this site is rocky and surrounded by trees, but there are some very nice views of Mount Monadnock and of the other side of Black Mountain.

At the top if you look around you'll find a trail that goes to the other side of the mountain and there is smaller peak along the way. This is a very nice trail. It will eventually connect with the other trail which is wider and more groomed, and is more traveled. You can access this from Black Mountain Road. This trail is shorter and can be done in about 30 minutes from the trailhead to the peak.The views here are very nice as you can see Mount Monadnock and all along the West River. There are also a lot of ways to bound down the giant rocks and boulders and do some fun exploring here.

Where the Black Mountain Road trail takes a sharp turn toward the peak, there is another trail off to the right (facing uphill). This is also where you would connect if you came from the other side. If you take this trail and keep left it will go down a steep incline and will travel basically down through the inside of the horseshoe shape. There are fern forests, streams and waterfalls, old quarries with giant granite boulders balancing on one another, and ponds along this trail. It's very beautiful. Eventually this trail will meet up with the trail that is marked on this map (Rice Farm Rd), at the sign-in booth.

If you do this entire loop, it will take a few hours but it is very fun and worth the trip. It is a good hike for people of all skill levels, and the trail leading off Black Mountain Road can be a very fun one for kids and families.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

It was an easy trail compared to most. not much of view. Loads of mountain laurel in bloom

Monday, April 04, 2016

the few art installations on the way up are neat to see but the views at the top are mediocre

Monday, April 04, 2016

the art installations on the way up are neat but the views at the top are mediocre

Saturday, April 02, 2016

hike to the top is pretty brief. the views are awesome.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Did a three hour loop in the snow on January 5th, hitting all three peaks via mainly unmarked trails, as I was with a partner who knew the terrain. It was a wonderful hike, with a pretty rugged uphill start that really got us warmed up. There are a few places with lovely views of Monadnock in the distance, and with a lot of pine in the woods and rhododendron along the trails, it remains quite pretty in the winter.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Had an amazing and beautiful encounter half way up that I will never forget!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

We hiked up about half way .7 miles then the trail marking were not clear. Not being familiar with the trail and having kids with me we didn't take the chance and went back down a bit disappointed. Would probably go back just to see if I could find the trail better without the kids.
There were blue marking on the trees that we followed until the were no longer in site. Since the original trail had yellow labels nailed to the tree, the marking were unclear.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This was a fine, short hike. It took about 40 minutes round trip and my GPS recorded 1.6 miles. At the top there was a pretty overlook but it was somewhat blocked by trees. This hike was nice but not spectacular.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I went up on April 12th. The parking area is nice. It's right next to the river and has a bench to change your shoes or gear.

It is only a couple of miles out and back but there are some steep inclines and narrow paths, especially towards the end. At the very end it is mostly large slabs of granite. The view at the top left me unimpressed after the amount of work it took to get up there. Most of the view was obscured by trees, but you could see Mt. Monadnock in the distance.

It was muddy in some of the shady spots and that combined with the steep slope on the way down made for slippage and falls.

Monday, June 09, 2014

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail today. It is well marked and well maintained. The trail is rather steep and was a bit of a challenge as we are novice hikers but we had a lot of fun exploring the area once we reached the end of the trail. There are great views of the area hillsides and you can see Mt. Monadnock in the distance. We are looking forward to hiking this trail again!

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