Explore the most popular lake trails in Vermont with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

My honey and I weren’t able to walk the entire trail because the wind was a bit much that day. Pristine trail, ideal for walking or biking. Every city/town should have a trail like this! We plan to return with our children and bikes.

hiking
10 days ago

Follow long trail south to the gulch, and for that matter, the gulch lies beyond the graphic trail shown here. We did an out and back on the Long Trail because we could not find the loop (Babcock) shown on the eastern side. Nice trail, impressive Gulch.

Perfect day. The stream was rushing wild. Needed more time to explore the lower falls. Foliage was past peak but still spectacular!

hiking
13 days ago

I took the south trail and its a great and free hicking zone! Moderate is a valid rating for this hike. The view is fanrastic! Can be done in less than 2 hours total easily :)

15 days ago

I did today 10-30. Lots of ice at the beginning then snow. It was windy. Very windy. From bottom of notch road by the new Boardwalk on Stowe side I started there so w the up and down and back to my car 4 hours. only one sketchy spot at the very beginning of actual trail. I used poles and my Yaktrax. I always use poles. Some deep snow around the pond area in some spots. Very fun hike today. I saw no one. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

The view is incredible! Really love this hike and I would recommend it!

18 days ago

I did this today. 28 degrees rain Iicey snow sleet precipitation. Some really sketchy spots at the very top just before the fire tower. Lots of very thick ice. Danger Will Robinson The fire tower was covered in ice. Probably not a good move on my part and ; coming down was freeking treacherous Whole thing took about 2.25 hours. ONE MAN GATHERS WHAT ANOTHER MAN SPILLS.

Great hike today!!! Beautiful views!!!

Nice walk in the fall

Make sure you make a right at the beginning of the trail to take the steep part first. Quite steep for little ones but we made it through ranging from 3-adult. Beautiful lake.

Really nice!!

Gorgeous hike but with snow and freezing weather (oct 18) the trail almost entirely iced over and was extremely slippery. Completed in just under an hour and a half. Would have been much quicker in warmer conditions or with crampons.
The lake is gorgeous and sooo serene.

This is why we love Vermont. Don't tell peeps of this lovely place. Bugs... smugsy... deal with it if it is the season. We saw m the lake ... 300m / 400m and it takes me (the slow one) 20mins each way.... very relaxing ... so nice

walking
29 days ago

This is really dug a magical place. The trees, the rocks, the water...it’s all just so lovely.

trail running
29 days ago

Great place to run and take a quick dip in the pond. There’s a rope swing on the north peninsula and a pretty easy cut off trail to find it.

mountain biking
30 days ago

Easy bike ride. At times path is congested with people. Better views at the northern end of the trail. Not so in the beginning.

mountain biking
30 days ago

Excellent fun trail. At times it does get congested but it does ease up. Recommend weekdays as opposed to weekends. The ferry ride is well worth the $4 each way and allows you to visit the island for some good food and ice cream. I understand from the ferry driver that on weekends the line gets very long.

Trail has been relocated near the top (after the upper Jenny/Ratllesnake intersection), adding 1/3 mile in each direction, winding up towards the Oak Ridge trail then back to the cliff overlook. New section is fairly steep, and was a bit slippery when I visited. Still, a great payoff at the end with amazing views of Lake Dunmore, Silver Lake, the Moosalamoo woods, and the Champlain Valley.

Très belle randonnée! Des points de vue magnifiques et spectaculaires. À faire en famille!

Really this would probably be 3 1/2 stars for me. This hike was pretty without much elevation but like another reviewer noted it is rocky! Once you cross over the creek that whole section of the trail is super rocky. I couldn't really enjoy my surroundings, because if you looked up while walking you'd twist an ankle. Our golden retriever had a rougher time then usual too with paw placement. A 2 mile hike to the pond should have taken our family of 4 around 40 minutes or less - we hike a lot. It took us over an hour to get to pond since it was slow going with the rocky path.

Took the North trail up and back...Views at the outlooks were amazing. Steep in spots but overall it was mild-moderate in difficulty. Took about 3 hours

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Started out around 1030 am and finished after 2pm, all at a casual pace with our dog. Coming down the Fire Tower Trail was a little dicey for the dog with all the mud, but we all enjoyed it!

hiking
1 month ago

Coming up from the parking lot the trail is wide and well maintained. It's a steep climb the first 1.5 miles but not hard. We started the loop headed west around the lake. Between mile 2 and 3, the trail gets pretty primitive. At times it's hard to find the trail and ended up hiking over very rocking terrain. I feel like this route doesn't get a lot of traffic. Once you round the far end of the lake the trail gets better. By mile 4 or so you are back on the wide maintian trail. We started hiking around 9:00 am and had the trails pretty much to ourselves most of the time. By 11:00 when we were headed back to the car we passed many hikers heading up. The parking lot was full when we got back to the car. All in all, it was a great hike and I would definitely do it again.

1 month ago

Trail was a little mucky and wet when we did it but a beautiful hike to the lake.

Nice trail for a day hike. the trail itself is actually slightly more than 5 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

This would have been a 5 star rating if there had been a few more open views of the lake. We took advice from previous reviews and did right side (over dam) first. First half of loop quite challenging underfoot. Completed in under 3 hours despite recent hip replacement.

Easy walk with nice fall colors.

Lots of rocks but beautiful trail overlooking the water the whole time! Perfect for a daily dose of nature.

hiking
1 month ago

So peaceful with great views of the pond. Walking over roots and rocks adds to the intensity, but overall an easy trail with lots of places to rest.

Nice trail and great view. I recommend!!!

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