White Rocks Recreation Area Trail via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail)

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White Rocks Recreation Area Trail via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail) is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Wallingford, Vermont that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from December until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length4.0 miElevation gain1,466 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewsWaterfallWildflowersBugsRockySnow
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Cj Bocklet
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Parking was not good lots of snow. Everything else was spectacular. Blue sky, temp in low 30’s. Wear spikes! Favorite trail so far.

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Cj Bocklet
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Easy to follow. Lots of snow. No bitching. Well traveled surprisingly. Will do again for a better view as it was snowy and overcast

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Cj Bocklet
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Real nice ascent. Even pace. Well marked in beginning then not so much, snow tracks were great. Very cool rock cairn garden and view from lookout.

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Leah Rogstad
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Good path for now- a little bit of snow, slush, and bare ground. If you have spikes or you’re careful while wearing hiking boots, you should be good. On another note, please leash your dog!! I brought my dog (leashed) on this trail and came across 4 dogs all of which were not leashed. One charged my dog and the others did not go immediately back to their owners when called. Please respect other hikers and their dogs by leashing your dog so everyone can enjoy the space.

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Ryan Potts
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Kevin Landau
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Nice trail

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David Lahey
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Steady incline all the way up and nothing too technical. Hike time from parking lot is about an hour. The views at the Cliffs are excellent and the mountain ranges you see are only a few miles off. Took the Ice Bed trail up last summer and its worth doing if you're in shape and have good hiking experience.

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Ashley Root
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Joyce Hiller
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Stuck to the south trail. Followed the white blazes to blue to reach the top. GPS showed 6.7 miles out and back.

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Ryan K
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Sandeep Koshy
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HikingGreat!

Had a perfect day with the wife and dog on this trail in perfect weather. The ascent will get your heart and lungs going and the two viewing points at the top are a great reward.

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Dave NH
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Yaakov Rosenthal
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Senior citizen

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Chris Eichelberger
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I think this was labeled “lightly trafficked.” That was not accurate. But it should’ve been obvious—major road access to a vista via fairly short hike.... View is great. Trail has nice variety of forest. Nothing extremely rugged.

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Kevin Petway
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Excellent hike with amazing views at the end. The trail is almost entirely shaded, so don’t expect much sun. Some have said it’s buggy but I didn’t encounter any problems. The main junction point (where you can continue on the Long Trail back to the parking area where this route starts) or go to the Picnic Area is a lot easier to miss on the way down than up. Just keep an eye out for it.

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David Stone
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William Martin
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Javier Kohen
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Beautiful forest, lots of shade, pleasant in the summer heat.

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Dominique Coleman
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I meant to go on the other one lol. Went the wrong way. Not much views but a good hike.

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Nikki Wiseman
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Very steep out and back. Beautiful panoramic views at the top. Cool waterfall about half way. Make sure you take the blue trail to the cliff overlook from the white rock stacks. Keep going until you can sit on the rocks. Also on the way down look for the trail marker that takes you right instead of continuing straight on a different trail. We missed it and added a mile to our trip!

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John Lee
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Beautiful trail — soft pine and moss-lines trail. Creek at start, vista of mountains and valley at top. Good for a 3 hour walk.

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Lou Roca
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Nice hike. 4.56 miles. Good workout 136 bpm up 111 down. Left at 11:30 am got back at 1:58. A bit buggy but not extreme. Great views at the top. Don’t do after rain could get slippery. All in all a good moderately inclining trail.

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Nolan Woods
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Excellent hike. Fairly steep incline, the cliff trail is easy to miss so keep an eye out as mentioned in the other review. But the vista offers an amazing view. Only negative aspect was that it was incredibly buggy

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Ari G.
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spectacular view if you keep going after the white rock area. keep going until you find the area where you can actualy sit on the rocks without any trees in your way. on the way back don't miss the sharp right turn where the white markers turn and the path seems to continue straight but really is a different trail

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Geoff Greenberg
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This is a great hike with some terrific views at the top of white rocks.

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Jason Morrison
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chandler corbett
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DH Callahan
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Really great trail, but it's 5.5 miles round trip. Definitely not 4. With a healthy clip, and a few quick stops for water and relaxation, give it at least 3 hours up and back. There's not much flat walking, so get your legs ready for some real work both going up and coming down. The vista at the end is nice, but the journey is the real destination here. The trail itself is just a real beauty. Happy to do it again and again.

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Joe Lombardi
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Steep climb after the waterfall until you get to the last 0.2 miles that is downhill towards the white rock lookout. Great view of the landscape

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