Stevenson Brook Trail

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Stevenson Brook Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waterbury, Vermont that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.5 miles
748 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips


trail running





wild flowers



NOTE: Stevenson Brook Trail starts at about 120 meters past the Park Office. From May to late October, all visitors are required to pay a day use fee of $4 for adults and $2 for kids. Pedestrians walking into the park are also required to pay the day use fee at the park office. There is parking for this trail. Use of the park's swim beaches and boat rentals are for campers only. Waterbury Center State Park (about 20 minutes away, around the reservoir on Rte. 100 north) is available for day-use beach/boating access. The Stevenson Brook Trail starts on the park road by the dumpsters, on the other side of a red gate, heading into the woods toward the right. It ends at the Dalley Loop Trail after approximately 2.8 miles, at which point if you turn RIGHT onto Dalley Loop, RIGHT onto the Cut-off Trail, across the stream and LEFT onto Stevenson Brook and head back toward the park road you will eventually have a 4.55 mile round-trip. In times of high water, the Cut-off Trail will require getting feet wet....if you bypass this and return to the road on Dalley Loop it becomes a 4.89 mile r/t.

nature trips
2 months ago

My 5 and 9 year old boys loved it!!!!!!!!

2 months ago

Had to hike from the gate, should be open in 2 weeks. trails were in good shape except brook was too high for cutoff trail so back tracked to a tree to cross it (or just do a different loop)

4 months ago

Did this beautiful hike, more if a trek, in early March on snowshoes. Very enjoyable and serene with Stevenson Brook runnig next to the trail the majority of the way. Came across one other person on cross country skis.

4 months ago

Wet snow remains on the trails, a little slippery going down hill, and the trails are marked well. I did not need micro spikes or snowshoes. Appropriately rated, an easy walk/hike in the woods. The access road is in great shape!

8 months ago

Nice enough hike, just a little too easy and short for me. Currently, couple of inches of snow on the ground with a frozen crust.

11 months ago

Great hike with historical markers. Good for families and small kids.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

What intended to be a short hike turned out to be almost 5 miles. Lots to see along the well kept trail, a great trail when it's sunny and hot, well shaded.
The park ranger said there's over 28 miles of trails within this state park. Costs 4 bucks but gives you access to the swimming area, picnic areas and the many trails.
I will definitely go back.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Drat...somehow there's still a couple of typos here. Stevenson Brook trail heads into the woods toward the RIGHT past the red gate across from the sign on our park road that reads STEVENSON BROOK TRAIL PARKING. Probably I was up too late when I wrote this! Apologies.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Addendum - pedestrians walking into the park are also required to pay the day use fee at the park office. There is parking for this trail, There are other, shorter loops using this trail:

1) 1. Stevenson Brook > Cutoff > Dalley Loop (west side) > Right on Park Road back to car = 1.6 miles R/t

2) Stevenson Brook > Sawmill Trail > Dalley Loop (west side) back toward road (past Goodell House) > Cutoff Trail > return on Stevenson Brook = 4.55 miles R/T

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The GPS directions took us to a boat dock. If going do no stop there. Keep driving up into the state park. Beautiful hike. Mostly out of the sun. A little buggy.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Beautiful stream with old farms, informational signs explain the history of the farms, was a very nice trail!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great choice for a warm summer day with lots of cool shade and fun history lesson along the way. Takes you back to life in VT for the first settlers.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nice State Park.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice trials very seanceic and a lot of wildlife dear moose

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Nice woodland walking on wide trails by streams and old farms. Signs describing the history of the area are a bonus. Beautiful.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Nice trail, good work out and mix of incline and flat walking space.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Nice walk with some beautiful scenery.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Great easy walk through the woods in a camp that was flooded and destroyed in the 1920s - would be ideal for a snow shoe or cross country skiing. Had my dog off leash - and there's all these cool old chimneys and foundations there with a story about what happened to the camp/how they lived/etc. very cool, would highly recommend! The only thing is it was kind of a maze of trails so pay attention where you go!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

great trail- easy and relaxing. no elevation gain or "summit area" to speak of. if you're looking for a gentle walk in the woods along a stream, this is it. Bring a map with you if you need it- there isn't one on trail or at the trailhead.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Beautiful trail! Great hike to take your dogs on!

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

This particular path in Little River State Park was mostly open, clear, and beautiful (the water follows you for nearly the entire hike). Recent rains, however, have made much of the path more treacherous, and there are also parts of the hike that rapidly ascend; quite a steep transition if you're looking for a beginner's trail. Overall though, my wife and I enjoyed this hike and just about everyone will be able to make the trip.

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