Little Rock Pond

Mount Tabor, Vermont 05739

Little Rock Pond

Little Rock Pond Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A gentle valley hike leads to a fun loop trail around a beautiful pond with lots of swimming spots."

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Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"This may be the best day hike on the A.T. in Vermont. The gentle climb from the road to the pond is a great way to get out and stretch your legs. The Trail runs alongside Little Black Brook for much of the hike, and many small waterfalls and pools are visible from the Trail. The clear, cold water of the pond reflects Green Mountain rising above it on the opposite shore. This is a popular day hike, particularly in the fall (the foliage around the pond is breathtaking at its peak). If you want to have any solitude, try this hike during the week or leave the trailhead by 10 a.m. to beat the crowds. You can do the hike either as a round-trip or, by using the Green Mountain Trail, as a 7.5-mile loop." Read more
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail - New England (Menasha Ridge Press)
Lafe Low
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"This is an excellent hike for younger kids, as there’s no appreciable elevation gain and the hike ends at the stunning shores of Little Rock Pond." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books)
Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr
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"You are never far from water on this section of the Appalachian/Long Trail (AT/LT). The trail travels alongside and over Little Black Brook before depositing you on the shores of picturesque Little Rock Pond. Here you can swim, fish, camp, or just take in the scenery. If you want to camp, arrive early—the tent platforms and shelters are on a first-come, first-served basis. The trail has relatively little incline, so even younger children will enjoy this hike. Just be sure to have sturdy footwear as the trail is rocky in places, and remember to use caution on the stream crossings." Read more

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This is a great trail. While the first part of the trail is an easy grade, the rockiness of it can be a challenge for people who aren't sure on their feet. The views of Little Rock Pond our outstanding and when we went the colors were just beautiful. We started late so we didn't get a chance to go up the mountain, but we plan to revisit and hike that part, as the rest of the trail was so promising!
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This was our first family backpacking trip-- two families (four adults, a 9 year old, two 6 year olds, a ten month old and two dogs!) We had a great time! The hike in wasn't too long for the little ones although the trail is in rough shape in some spots due to the high rainfall this summer. Even though we headed out early Saturday morning, all of the tent platforms were already taken. (A first this summer, the caretaker told us.) We stayed in the nearby Lula Tye shelter. Swimming was great! The kids loved finding all sorts of water critters, salamanders, crawfish, minnows galore. We can't wait to go back!

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Trail Information

Mount Tabor
Nearby City
365 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5 hours
Summer and Winter
Views, Waterfalls
USGS Danby and USGS Wallingford
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Dec 2018