Black Mountain Natural Area

Brattleboro, Vermont 05304

Black Mountain Natural Area

Black Mountain Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Black Mountain Natural Area Reviews

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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.
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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1,000 feet
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The Nature Conservancy, 27 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602; (802) 229-4425
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Jul 2018