White Rock Picnic Area

Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

Elevation Gain206ft
Trailhead Elevation1,001ft
Elevation Min/Max1001/1174ft
Elevation Start/End1001/1001ft

White Rock Picnic Area

White Rock Picnic Area is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Rutland County, Vermont. It is within Green Mountain National Forest. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,001 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 206 feet.

White Rock Picnic Area Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"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."
Best Easy Day Hikes Green Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Eli Burakian
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"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."
Hiking the Green Mountains (Falcon Guides)
Lisa Densmore
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"A short hike to a mountainside boulder field that gives off cool air throughout the summer."
Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)
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"A short family walk from a picnic ground to mountain views and a really cool rock slide."
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"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.”"
Snowshoe Routes: New England (The Mountaineers Books)
Diane Bair & Pamela Wright
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"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!)"
Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
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"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."

White Rock Picnic Area Trip Reports

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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.

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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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Trail Information

Green Mountain National Forest
Nearby City
Green Mountain National Forest
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Manchester Ranger District, 2538 Depot Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255; (802) 362-2307
Local Contacts
USGS Wallingford Quad
Local Maps

Trail Log