Elmore Mountain and Balanced Rock Trail

Morrisville, Vermont

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Elmore State Park deserves a weekend rather than an afternoon, offering swimming on the sandy shore of Lake Elmore, picnic facilities, and a camping area at the base of the trail. (In addition to the main trail, a short nature trail loops around near the trailhead.) The mountaintop is easily accessed by most families via an interesting route that winds along a stream and beside moss-covered ledges.
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

Elmore State Park deserves a weekend rather than an afternoon, offering swimming on the sandy shore of Lake Elmore, picnic facilities, and a camping area at the base of the trail. (In addition to the main trail, a short nature trail loops around near the trailhead.)

The mountaintop is easily accessed by most families via an interesting route that winds along a stream and beside moss-covered ledges.

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morrisville
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: Elmore State Park
Local Maps: USGS Morrisville
Driving Directions: Directions to Elmore Mountain and Balanced Rock Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/31/2011
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Fun and pretty hike, but I would classify it as strenuous for younger kids. We hiked this with our 2- and 4- yr olds (brought our kelty child carrier for when our youngest got tired), and both kids amazed us with how they scaled the mountain. The beginning of the hike was pretty easy with a gradual ascent, but once we got onto the mountain trail it became a lot more strenuous for our little ones. Near the summit are some rocky areas that required a good bit of balance and strength. Younger kids could probably get to the first overlook (before ascending to the fire tower) without too much trouble. We did the whole thing, but it was challenging. Needless to say, once we got our campsite our kids actually asked for bedtime. Overall, a great hike.



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