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A gentle valley hike leads to a fun loop trail around a beautiful pond with lots of swimming spots.
Little Rock Pond Professional Review and Guide
"A gentle valley hike leads to a fun loop trail around a beautiful pond with lots of swimming spots."
--Jennifer Lamphere Roberts, Best Day Hikes in Vermont (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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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."
--Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue, Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Lafe Low, Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail - New England (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
--Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr, Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine (The Mountaineers Books).
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