Indian Brook Reservoir [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Indian Brook Reservoir [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Essex Junction, Vermont that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.5 miles Elevation Gain: 190 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

private property

You need a pass to get in, requiring you to be a resident of Essex. It is an easy walk, or if you want a easy hike. The well maintained, and well groomed main trail which goes around the reservoir hold views of nature and is good or birding in places. There are some smaller trails which can be accessed in places. One of the lower parking lots has a loop that pushes back into the woods and is marked. There is another small trail that runs along the road to the upper parking lot. There is a bathroom located at the upper parking lot. You can hike, walk, swim, and so on. Fun for the whole family, including your dog.

Wonderful 3.0 mile loop with stops at outcroppings on the water. Had our 3 small children with us and took just under 2 hours.

hiking
6 months ago

Excellant! Too bad it is private. I grew up playing there. Think they should frandfather me in.

hiking
6 months ago

I hike around Indian Brook all the time. If you go, don't ignore all of the little trails that take you right out to the edge of the reservoir. These off-chutes add a little something extra to this walk. My dogs love it there. Dogs can hike unteathered under voice control but must be leashed in the parking, swimming, and boat launch area. This is a flat, smooth, well-marked trail that is suitable for just about anyone. Fishing, kayaking, and swimming are permitted but no lifeguard is provided. If you have the time there are some additional trails that head away from the reservoir which can add a decent amount of length to the simple loop trail.

hiking
6 months ago

By far one of my favorites ❤️

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 months ago

Dog friendly trail, lots of fishing spots and even places to camp out! Dogs on trails are off leash but need to be on leash in the parking lots. Not very muddy today but a lot of bugs out

Love it! Easy walk! Highly recommend!

hiking
snow
11 months ago

Trail’s amazing, and no one at the front so it’s somewhat public at the moment; when I went the reservoir was frozen over, lots of people walking and cross country skiing on it.

walking
Sun Oct 14 2018

Easy walk with nice fall colors.

hiking
Sun Sep 16 2018

This park is ONLY open to Essex VT residents with a valid Indian Brook Park Pass! But here’s a little secret- there is no park employee at the entrance to check passes in the late fall through early spring- so if you’re not an Essex resident you’re out of luck for the summer but...... Posted signs say Dogs are allowed OFF leash here as long as they are in voice control. They only have to be leashed in parking lots and in the picnic area. Lots of other trails besides main loop around the lake- worth checking out. Great for snowshoeing and x-country skiing in the winter.

Wed Jun 20 2018

Only for Essex Residents. Long drive for nothing

Tue Jun 12 2018

Can’t go unless you live in Essex

Fri May 04 2018

This is another hike that I've been doing since I was a kid. It's easy Terrain with little to no Hills and use of the pond entirely around! peaceful and safe I love it here

Thu Apr 19 2018

Short, easy loop trail around reservoir. Nice in winter on snowshoes when fewer people are around. A lot if clean up going on with many downed trees due to wind storm this past summer.

Sat Feb 03 2018

Nice trail easy walking, not well marked , would do it again in the summer or fall

Sat Feb 03 2018

Nice area, wish there was better trail markings. Good winter hike, might go back during the summer time.

Sun Oct 08 2017

a good quick walk. not much of a challenge but good for a quick walk. Go off season as its private and you won't have to pay to get in.

Sun Oct 01 2017

Stunning in the fall. Enjoy!

Sun Jul 09 2017

Sat Jun 03 2017

This trail is not open to non-Essex residents. I was very disappointed to find that out at the gate.

walking
Mon Feb 27 2017

This was the perfect trail to take our 11 year old lab on! She has bad hips and it was very easy and beautiful in the winter. Plenty of room to roam around and there were a lot of other dogs off leash as well! The only thing, as you'd expect this time of year, the majority of the trail was iced over.

Wed Nov 30 2016

A fun, pretty loop. I go off-season to avoid paying the fees. It's a nice trail to snowshoe in the winter. Nice family hike and great for dogs, but people who are afraid of dogs should know that dogs are off leash quite often.

Fri Sep 02 2016

You can't go to this park unless you are a resident!

running
Tue Jul 26 2016

One of the best local loops for an easy trail run. Great before or after work quick workout and you can swim after. Must have a pass to Indian Brook purchase through the tow. Non residents can now purchase passes too.

hiking
Fri Jun 24 2016

Before I get to the trail review... I should point out that you need a pass to get in, requiring you to be a resident of Essex.... Which I am. And hold a two year pass. The review. Personally I love this park. It is an easy walk, or if you want a easy hike. The well maintained, and well groomed main trail which goes around the resovour holds views of nature and is good or birding in places. I've watched geese in the beaver pond area, and various types of birds all over. There are some smaller trails which can be accessed in places. One of the lower parking lot, also a loop pushes back into the woods and is marked, but more what I typically hike.... Small and not a wide noticed trail. There is a bathroom located at the upper parking, but I've never used it. Also there is another small trail that runs along the road to the upper parking lot. It too is marked and looks decent but I have never hiked it yet. But will. You can hike, walk, swim, and so on. I rate this as an easy hike, fun for the whole family including your doggie kids....

Tue Jun 21 2016

Can't access the trail without a pass. Only Essex residents can get a pass so unless you live nearby don't waste your time.

hiking
Sat Apr 09 2016

Easy walk around the pond. I go every Sunday just to get out. It's beautiful especially in the fall. Great for the kids.

Sat Jan 16 2016

Quite literally your walk in the park. Looks like a great place for some trial running though when the snow melts.

hiking
Sun Aug 30 2015

Did this one years ago. It was alright, nothing stood out as hugely special.

Sun Mar 29 2015

I like to go fishing here! I also like how they do not allow motored boats on the pond, so it's very peaceful!

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