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Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail)

MODERATE 13 reviews

Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail) is a 16 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Manchester Center, Vermont that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

16.0 miles
2,460 feet

dogs on leash




nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


2 months ago

We tried to go to Bourn pond after the (spectacular) Lye waterfall but the trail was very poor. Markings were hard to find, fallen trees required small detours, trail was muddy, and lots of bushwacking was needed. We turned back after ~4-5 miles after the waterfall fork. The forest was very beautiful but I would not recommend doing this hike.

7 months ago

Hiked to Bourn Pond via the Branch Pond trail from The Kelly Stand Road. Very muddy for a good portion of the hike. Spur leads to Branch Pond before heading into Lye Brook Wilderness. Well kept trail to the pond’s south shore. Relatively flat and easy hike.

9 months ago

Completed this loop in two days and we stayed overnight next to Stratton Pond. Branch Pond trail and Lye Brook trail are poorly maintained and have swarms of mosquitoes and flies. Needless to say, bug spray is a must! Lots of fallen trees on the trail and very muddy terrain. Difficult to move fast because of the obstacles and poorly marked in some places. Stratton Pond has very few decent camping spots. Long trail is nice and easy. There was just one view in the beginning of trail before the loop started and after that there was nothing special - just forest and okay lakes. Not impressed.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Easy hike and beautiful views !!

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Awesome. No major elevation changes. The view from Prospect Rock was great. But imagine if you fell off that thing! We stayed at William B. Douglas shelter for one night. The Branch Pond Trail was well marked, but the Lye Brook Trail was not the best marked.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Beautiful hike. Lots of side trails into lye brook Wilderness and up Stratton mountain. Stratton pond intersects with Long Trail/ Appalachian Trail. We stayed at tenting sites on Bourn Pond an Stratton Pond. Peaceful site with privy. Caretaker comes by to collect $5 per person per day. Parts of trail around Stratton Pond closed due to flooding when we were there but able to get to spring to collect and treat water.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The outlined route shown by Alltrails is actually pretty off the mark, especially when it comes to the Branch Pond Trail (left leg as you are looking at the map). the Alltrails map shows it being much farther west than it actually is. if you use the Terrain or Topo Map layer you will see the correct route that follows along the eastern side of the river for most of the way before coming to bourne pond.
Also if you plan on camping at any of the tenting areas or shelters you will need to bring cash, as it is $5 per person per night. There are Trail hosts living at stratton shelter who come around and collect the fee's.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful hike, lovely and quiet campsites by the pond. My favorite place in Vermont so far.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A really lovely low-impact hike. Can be a very leisurely overnight. Camping by Bourne Pond is great. Highly recommended.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Saturday, July 01, 2017