Black Mountain Natural Area

Brattleboro, Vermont

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A short, energetic family hike to a backcountry peak that’s close to town. From the banks of the West River to the summit of Black Mountain, this undiscovered family hike conveys a sense of wildness just a few miles out of town. Don’t expect an easy effort, though. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, this extraordinary preserve challenges your conditioning on a bona-fide mountain trail. On any given day, wildlife, views, and an uncommon aura await hikers on this peak, but schedule a visit during blueberry season or when mountain laurel blooms and you’ll have the chance to experience a special outdoor treat.
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)

A short, energetic family hike to a backcountry peak that’s close to town.

From the banks of the West River to the summit of Black Mountain, this undiscovered family hike conveys a sense of wildness just a few miles out of town. Don’t expect an easy effort, though.

Managed by The Nature Conservancy, this extraordinary preserve challenges your conditioning on a bona-fide mountain trail. On any given day, wildlife, views, and an uncommon aura await hikers on this peak, but schedule a visit during blueberry season or when mountain laurel blooms and you’ll have the chance to experience a special outdoor treat.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brattleboro
Distance: 2.3
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy, 27 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-4425
Local Maps: USGS Newfane quad
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Mountain Natural Area

Recent Trail Reviews

12/26/2014
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The weather was warm today and it had been raining for a few days. That along with melting snow we thought that any hike would be muddy. This hike was not. It was a great workout, steep incline to start but had its moments of leveling off. Lots of switchbacks so keep your eyes on the markers. We didn't make it to the top because we ran out of time but we'll plan to go back and see the top. Great views even on the hike up. It helps that the leaves are all down at this time of year.


5/2/2013
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I hiked this during an early spring evening in May 2013. The leaves were just coming out, so the views on the way up were limited. It is definitely a challenging hike - approximately 1,000 feet of elevation gain in about 1.25-1.5 miles. The Conservation Society has done a great job with the trail; it is well marked and maintained.



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