Nebraska Notch, Lake Mansfield Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews
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Nebraska Notch, Lake Mansfield Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont that features a waterfall 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.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
780 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

snow

Please note, 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.

1 day ago

Please note... For parking if you see the "Private Property" sign, keep going. The Trout Club has signs up everywhere, but you can bypass the sign to park. We did not, parked in the lower lot and walked 1 mile to the trail head.
The hike was pretty easy for the first mile or so and it became a steady increase in incline. Lots of beautiful sights. Plenty of brooks for my dog to drink from. There is a nice waterfall before you get to the lodge. The view is not awesome at the lodge, but do they fret -- walk out and up a tiny bit for a beautiful sight! There's a map at the lodge. The trail marked with no milage, follow it!
Our friends 10 year old daughter came and had no issues!

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7 days ago

Sweet trail, easy start, a section of steeper trail, but not bad. Some nice waterfalls along the way. There was a pretty heavy fog up top today, it made for a beautiful hike with the mix of fog and fall foliage. Taylor Lodge was the perfect place to stop and have a snack before heading back down!

1 month ago

Beautiful and quick hike. About two hours, round trip

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2 months ago

Hiked this trail again with friends. It’s a fun hike with several options to take side trails!!!

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2 months ago

This was such a fun hike. Starts out easy and gets increasingly steeper. It took me less than 2 hours up and back with time to stop for photos. I will definitely return in the Fall.

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3 months ago

1.5 hours to Taylor Lodge and back. Great moderate hike, some steep rock steps, good views.

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3 months ago

A nice hike with opportunities to join up with other trails at the top. It ends at a shelter on the Long Trail. A decent hike to do if you want to get out for awhile and work up a bit of a sweat but you don’t have all day to spend.

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3 months ago

Nice shaded rocky trail up to Taylor Lodge. When you get to the lodge take a quick left up to the lookout over the valley for a beautiful view.

3 months ago

Yes. Silly signs about private property

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3 months ago

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.

5 months ago

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.

9 months ago

Nice winter hike. Snowshoes are probably recommended.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

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

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Friday, September 08, 2017

Easy hike with good views

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

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

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

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.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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.

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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.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

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.

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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!

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Nice trail that begins slow with a 0.5 mile trek aside private property. When climbing, it's not too difficult. After about 2.0 miles, at the Taylor Lodge near the notch, take the Clara Bow trail for 0.8 miles which traverses the actual notch including a cave ladder and climb beneath huge rocks to get through, rounding back over Sugarloaf peak back to the lodge. Four hours tops with steady pace. Includes a peaceful scene next to a beaver-created pond.

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22 days ago

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