Prospect Rock Trail

MODERATE 47 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.1 miles
994 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


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.

3 months ago

Great easy hike for an early Saturday morning with a stellar view as the payoff. Had Prospect rock all to myself for 40 minutes...very grateful

4 months ago

This was a nice easy trail on the last leg of a 2 night backpacking trip starting at Stratton mountain trail.
Still foliage this late in season. Could easily see where most of the wild flowers would have been. Nice stream crossings.

4 months ago

Did this while baby wearing my 6 month old son and it was the perfect workout !

4 months ago

It's a rather boring hike up. You are pretty much walking on a dirt road. Road is very rocky and steep. There is a small waterfall at the beginning other then that pretty uneventful until to reach Prospect Rock. The view from there was very nice. Ok hike if your looking to kill some time.

5 months ago

This is a awesome little hike with beautiful views.

5 months ago

Amazing views!

6 months ago

The trail itself is rather bland, like a rough road. That being said, there are wild flowers and little streams to check out. Prospect Rock had a beautiful view and was well worth the short hike to the top.

6 months ago

Very steep to start off, basically just a dirt road path. No waterfall, just a stream. I would do the Lye Brook Falls trail nearby if you were looking for a hike in this area. That actually has a lot of visual interest and more intricate trail style and an actual waterfall at the end.

7 months ago

Moderate incline but the trail is well maintained. Trail to the Rock isn't really marked but keep an eye out for it on the right if you're hiking up the road. it was down pouring when we got to Prospect Rock but the view was still great.

10 months ago

trail running
Monday, November 21, 2016

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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.

Monday, July 25, 2016


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.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Prospect Rock Trail is actually an ATV steep road that heads south from Manchester to an ocerlook with views of Manchester and Mt. Equinox r\to the west. A constant steep hike is rewarded with a terrific view.

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