Prospect Rock Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Prospect Rock Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Manchester Center, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1069 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Directions from Manchester Depot, VT: Travel northeast on SRs 11 / 30 making a sharp right onto East Manchester Road. Make an immediate left onto Rootville Road. Follow until the road forks (which is practically the end of the road) and bear right. Trailhead is at the end. Parking is limited.

14 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

walking
2 months ago

trail running
7 months ago

Easy to follow and worthwhile views after a moderate climb on fire roads. It's a favorite of mine.

hiking
7 months ago

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8 months ago

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9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked to Prospect Rock and then continued on the AT and long trail to Stratton pond...steep incline to prospect and thereafter pretty flat. Beautiful day to hike with wind blowing thru the tress although was a bit muddy. Nice section to get a feel for AT hiking.

11 months ago

Beautiful

11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Monday, January 18, 2016

Great little day hike with a cool waterfall and an amazing view from prospect rock. The trail is very open but pretty steep. Did this in January and it was extremely icy! Make sure to keep an eye out for the sign pointing to prospect rock, it is not immediately visible.

hiking
Thursday, October 29, 2015

Loved it! Spectacular view of downtown Manchester. Definitely one of the best in the area.

camping
Friday, September 04, 2015

Did a loop with an overnight. Hiked Lyle Brook trail and detoured to the waterfall which was beautiful. Then continues trail which is extremely overgrown with hobble bushes, camped at Bourne pond, woke up and hiked the Branch Pond Trail which is nicely maintained. Stayed on trail to the intersection with AT then turned down service road to Prospect Rock which provides a beautiful view of the mountains to the south and west. Trail continues to the paved road for a mile and a half hike back to start.

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Very easy trail. Wide trail. There is no marking for prospect rock but there were people at the rock so we got there ok. View is ok but I think it would be wonderful during Fall season.

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Nice fairly quiet trail despite being part of the AT. Lots of water sources on the way, dogs and kid loved it. Very steep in a short distance, but the view of Manchester is definitely worth it.

hiking
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Correction- the trailhead is not on Bromley Brook road. Driving north go to the next road on the right; Rooteville Road. Park at the water tower and head up logging road. You could probably get to it from Bromley Brook but it is not marked. From Rooteville you will see a State Forest info board a little way in. The trail is all on the logging road so while it does ascend steadily it is easy walking and a beautiful rushing mountain stream runs alongside the trail. There is a short spur to the right partway up that leads to a fantastic overlook.
Really nice hike with spectacular views and it connects to the Appalachian Trail. Unless you wish to continue on the AT you'd turn around after reaching Prospect Rock and return the way you came.

hiking
Saturday, September 21, 2013