Deer Leap Overlook Trail (Blue) Professional Reviews and Guides
"This hike traces an old railroad grade through the scenic West River gorge. Start at the Salmon Hole at Jamaica State Park, site of a 1740s battle, then trace a travel route first used by Abenaki Indians. Later a rail line was blasted through the forbidding terrain. You will take an easy albeit beautiful hike on the converted rail grade and then spur onto a foot trail, entering Hamilton Falls State Natural Area. Ascend along Cobb Brook to reach 120-foot Hamilton Falls, a rewarding destination."
--Johnny Molloy, Hiking through History New England (Falcon Guides).
"Deer Leap, a dramatic outcrop that rises above Sherburne Pass, is a popular destination for families. Most visitors opt for the shorter 2.2-mile round-trip that begins from Route 4. This longer, quieter, and more scenic trek includes an excursion through Gifford Woods State Park, a pleasant 2.2-mile section of the Appalachian Trail (AT), and an energizing ascent of Deer Leap Mountain."
--Jeffrey Romano, 100 Classic Hikes in New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"This short hike to a rocky promontory gives close-up views of the Coolidge Range towering over Sherburne Pass."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"Short hike to a dramatic cliff with a 180-degree view of Pico Peak and the surrounding countryside."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"Deer Leap Rock provides an amazing view above Sherburne Pass across to Pico Mountain. The 1.1 miles to the overlook ends just a few hundred yards above the trailhead, but the reward is well worth the small effort to get there. Finish the hike with beer or a meal at the Inn at Long Trail, a favorite spot for locals for many years."
--Eli Burakian, Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
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