White Rock Picnic Area Professional Reviews and Guides
"A relatively short hike to a dramatic cliff that passes a cascading waterfall on Bully Brook and some unusual rock cairns along the way. From the parking lot, the Keewaydin Trail (blue blazes) seems more like a forest road than a footpath. It is wide and flat at first, but soon begins to ascend moderately and then rather steeply. The footing is smooth, which makes the climb easier as it angles up the hillside above Bully Brook. At 0.2 mile, a spur to the left gives a view of Bully Brook’s cascades through the trees."
--Lisa Densmore, Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"This trail really packs a punch. First, there’s a short climb to incredible views of a huge rock slide and the giant White Rocks Cliff, and then it’s down to the bottom of the rock slide, where snow and ice get trapped and can often be found into summer, providing nature’s air conditioner."
--Eli Burakian, Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides).
"A short hike to a mountainside boulder field that gives off cool air throughout the summer."
"A short family walk from a picnic ground to mountain views and a really cool rock
--Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour), Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"In junior high school, no one wants to take earth science. Students spend dull hours studying charts of Earth’s layers and scratching one rock against another to see which is harder. It’s too bad they don’t know about White Rocks Overlook and the Ice Beds. They might have a greater appreciation for lessons on the Ice Age and the movement of glaciers and the variety of rocks and how all that affects today’s landscape. You can make this your own exciting “field trip.”"
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
"Who can resist a trail with an intriguing name like “ice beds"? This short, energizing hike, easily accessible from the tourist hub of Manchester, offers sweet rewards for little effort. You’ll enjoy cool views of boulder slides and the ice beds, where ice remains even in summertime. (Granted, this is a bit more thrilling a concept when it’s hot outside!)"
--Diane Bair & Pamela Wright, Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books).
"Hike to a rock slide, where pockets of ice last through summer and release a cold stream and cool breezes on even the hottest days."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
This is a fun little trail if you just want to get out for some fresh air. The ice beds are an amazing little air conditioner - even on the hottest days. For some extra fun you can scramble up the rocks from the end of the trail. Nice views up over the first hump of boulders.
As a class we hiked one of the White Rocks trail. Wew were studying signs of glaciers and weathering. It sure did have a lot of that, We went to two wonderful vistas with two wonderful views. When we got to the rockslide it was so much fun to climb and explore. You should go, now.
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