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.

DISTANCE
4.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,466 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

snow

hiking
13 days ago

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing this trail; however, we ended up parking in the “picnic area” and starting on th3 keewaydin trail. There are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At the outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

19 days ago

If you park at the White Rocks Recreational picnic area parking like previous reviewers suggested you start on the Keewaydin trail for a bit before hitting the White Rocks trail. There is a sign that shows it going up to the left (shares with the Long Trail). Then when you get to the White Rocks area the lookout is another .3 miles (blue trail down to the right). All together the trail ended up being a 5 mile hike, it was quite a climb too. I'm fairly new to hiking but over last 3 months I've hiked probably 15 hikes around this area with ratings of easy, moderate, and 2 hards. This trail is rated as moderate but I would rate it as moderate-hard. View was great from lookout and hike was a great workout.

25 days ago

excellent hike with fantastic views. I recommend using Google Maps to search for directions to get to the parking area since AllTrails brings you to a random spot along the road. When you first enter the woods at the Keewaydin trail, there are a few paths which can be confusing. Take the trail to the right to begin the hike. The other tip I can give is that when you reach "Cairn City" turn right onto the blue trail to reach the overlook. many hikers miss this turn. Don't be alarmed by the amount of downhill walking at this point. It is generally a downhill walk to the overlook area. The waterfalls and streams are a nice addition to an already beautiful hike.

1 month ago

Awesome trail. Lots of AT through hikers, which is always fun.

hiking
2 months ago

Loved this trail! Our favorite bit was the young pine grove near the end. Smelled like Christmas! It’s a bit tricky to find the entrance to the trail though. We ended up parking in the lot and taking the long trail entrance at the back of the lot and crossing the road. It’s not marked as the white rocks trail until you get a decent way up the mountain. Make sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring a walking stick as the trail gets a bit rocky.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great trail. We took the trail head at the end of the parking lot and went to the White Rocks Overlook. Good work out. Nice moderate climb. We brought two dogs, off leash for most of the hike, and an 8 year old and it was great. The Cairn area was very cool. The views from the overlooks were great! We had a lunch up there and took our time before heading back down. This is a great hike that is a really good work out for moderate hikers and really fun for kids and dogs. Would do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views, lots of fun!

hiking
4 months ago

loved the view great hike!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Winter snowshoe hike. Navigating was confusing because if you use the alltrails location, there's no parking, just the main road. maybe the snow prevented space. Went with Google maps "white rock recreation area". hiked up the 0.3 to a nice overlook.

hiking
7 months ago

I hiked this trail yesterday with a wonderful group of women, the trail was moderate with a slightly tricky river crossing, luckily a practical ice bridge and a downed tree a little up the the river from the trail made it possible to cross without getting wet or having to hop on rocksThe trail was icy and micro spikes are definitely needed right now. Nice views at the top and perfect weather!

10 months ago

Amazing views!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice quick hike on a beautiful October day. Incredible foliage views from the overlook.

11 months ago

Great mid October hike. Views are definitely worth the hike up and I'm sure the cascade waterfall is spectacular during the Spring runoff.

11 months ago

Incredible views!

11 months ago

Incredible views!

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike. Nice, easy but challenging ascent rewarded by entrance into an amazing stand of soft conifer that opens up to a rock cairn museum! Short trip down to the cliff with spectacular views. After working up a sweat on the way up, make your way down to the Ice Beds portion of the trail for a "cool" location for lunch.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Great terrain and beautiful views. Took us (myself a friend and my 5 month old Lab) 1 hr 20 or so to get up, hour or less to get down on Saturday afternoon.

hiking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Pretty good hike - it was more of a workout than I expected. The view at the top is as good as your fear of heights I think. My fear is pretty high so I didn't get too close to the edge of the cliffs. It's a long way down. All and all a nice hike in the LT/AT.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bring Bug Spray

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

Not as steep as I thought it would be, and earned this hike by first walking over to the Overlook and down to the bottom of the ice beds. On this hike just off the edge is a waterfall worth visiting, and the passage of through hikers on the Appalachian Trail. The summit rock garden, with rock cairns it's fun to explore. We enjoyed exploring the summit area and the triangle rock out of the far right edge was a great place to have lunch.

hiking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

A quicker hike that lead to some of the best Green Mountain views. I'll be back!

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

This was a great hike, moderate is exactly right. Warning that you have to cross a stream - I'm sure it's usually manageable, but it had poured rain the day before so it was a legitimate rushing river. The water reached my upper thighs and I am almost 6' tall! Be prepared and be careful, the views at the top are worth it.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Loved this hike!!! Completed it in mid October and was rewarded with an explosion of color. Great views east and south....moderate hike and highly recommended

hiking
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Nice moderate hike with good views, though the route I took is different from the map here. I parked at the White Rocks National Forest lot and went up the Keewaydin trail to its juncture with the AT/Long Trail, and followed up to the spur to the outlook that gives a nice vantage point to the west. Also checked out the Greenleaf shelter and another side spur that gives views to the northeast, and the hike amounted to 4.7 miles up and back. There hasn't been any trail work this spring, so there is some blowdown across the trail in places, but it is an easy-to-follow trail.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great hike.
1. Plenty of parking with bathroom facilities.
2. Steep, rocky, beautiful trail. Nice soft level out about 3/4 way up with beautiful fauna.
3. Views similar to Baker Peak. Route 7 valley looking West.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Couldn't find entrance, wasn't accurate on this app. Ended up doing another close by but similar views As they crossed.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Steady incline, some parts are pretty rocky, but stunning flora along the trail and the waterfall near the trail head is stunning. Dog and kid friendly. Worth it to go for more than just the ice caves.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Nice trail for mid-level hikers short on time.

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

wasn't hard. got to top where white rocks were. nice view of VT.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Impeccable

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