Abbey Pond

East Middlebury, Vermont 5740

Abbey Pond

Abbey Pond Professional Review and Guide

"A steady climb to a pristine mountain pond and a nice picnic spot on open rock by the water. Along the way, see an unusual assortment of boulders throughout the woods and a brook with many cascades and small pools. Very colorful during fall foliage season!

The Abbey Pond Trail (blue blazes) enters the woods on a gravel path. At first, it climbs gently, with dense hardwood forest to either side and open sky above. At about 0.1 mile, a boulder on your left grabs your attention, as it appears sliced into sections. More large boulders dot the woods. After crossing an old stone wall, the path becomes somewhat steeper and the gravel gives way to larger loose stones."

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"The Abbey Pond Trail (blue blazes) enters the woods on a gravel path. At first it climbs gently, with dense hardwood forest to either side but open sky above. At about 0.1 mile a boulder on the left appears sliced into sections.

More large boulders dot the woods, then the trail crosses an old stone wall. The path becomes somewhat steeper, and the gravel gives way to loose rocks. The trail bends to the left, then at 0.2 mile crosses a scenic brook on a solid footbridge. Cascades tumble down a small gorge on the right, then flow over smooth ledges to the left. If the water levels are low, there are a couple of shallow pools here that your dog will enjoy."

"A series of cascades that drop almost 100 feet and are tucked under a think canopy, this gem of a waterfall is just a short hike in. Make sure to head to the bottom of the falls, below the bridge, to get the best view.

The Abbey Pond Trail leaves from the parking area and follows a wide gravel path into the woods. It narrows a bit as you climb, and in 0.25 mile you get to a wooden bridge. The cascades are both above and below you on the stream."

"A half-day hike to a ridgetop pond; suitable for rainy weather. Rain, drizzle, fog—what’s a hiker supposed to do? If you’re bound and determined to tramp through the woods in spite of inclement weather, an outing to Abbey Pond might be just what you have in mind.

As a matter of fact, a gentle shower should even improve this hike. Plumes of mist subtly enhance the mystery of this alpine pond, and liquid sunshine adds some punch to the froth of small cascades."

Abbey Pond Reviews

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6/17/2012
Challenging for young children, as the first 1/2 or so is rocky and moderately steep. But a fun and beautiful walk!
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10/18/2010
great trip for foliage season, especially as the typically higher fall water volume means the numerous falls along the trail are truly impressive. the higher water volume is also a drawback however, not only had several parts of the trail become small running brooks, but we were unable to complete the trail as the water was too high to cross the actual stream a couple of miles up the trail. so go prepared to get wet during spring or fall. also, the directions are incorrect. the gravel road to turn onto from us116 is called abby pond road and it is 4.8 miles from the jct of 125 and 116, not 2.3 miles.
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7/13/2008
Very nice 1/2 day trip. About 1.5 hours up and 1 hour back at a relaxed pace. Back in the pouring rain; dark, wet, slick, but fun. Pond very peaceful and we saw one other couple on the trial. The guide is wrong about the distance from the 125/116 intersection. A little frustrating trying to find the road until we talked to a local to find the exact location. Guide should read about 4.1 miles from the intersection vice the 2.3.
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8/17/2006
The first third of the hike is really fun. There are huge boulders (size of school buses) that can be climbed. Further along, the trail crosses a stream and waterfall that's suitable for an excursion. The trail follows the stream upward and crosses back over. After that, it's basically a good cardio workout up the incline with the same views of the same trees. Abbey Pond is a somewhat stagnant pond that has some nice views but nothing to write home about.
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Trail Information

East Middlebury
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.2
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS South Mountain Quad
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Oct 2018