Big Deer Mountain and Osmore Pond

Peacham, Vermont 05862

Big Deer Mountain and Osmore Pond

Big Deer Mountain and Osmore Pond Professional Review and Guide

"A perfect 4.1-mile loop hike that leads to the top of a small mountain with great views, hugs the shores of a serene undeveloped pond, and offers backcountry camping options. The grades of Big Deer Mountain Trail are mellow and the kids will love the great views from the summit and the chance to go for a dip in Osmore Pond. The trail is mostly flat or gradual, with short uphill bursts near the top. This fun loop hike lies within Groton State Forest, which is home to a number of easy hikes, ponds, and lakes, and sections of the Cross Vermont Bike Trail.

The campground where you begin is just one of three campgrounds managed as state parks within Groton State Forest. You can turn your visit into an overnight trip by staying at New Discovery or by backcountry camping on Osmore Pond and Kettle Pond, to which you can either hike or paddle."

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"This nice, fairly flat loop hike takes you to the summit of Big Deer Mountain, which has fine views of Lake Groton and other mountains to the north, east, and south, and then along Osmore Pond, a beautiful small lake with shelters near the edge.

At 25,000 acres, the Groton State Forest is the second-largest block of land owned by the state. There are endless trails and many lakes here, so if you visit to hike this loop, you may find other options in the area to keep you busy. The size of this area makes it feel very remote, providing a wilder experience than the 4.3-mile hike may suggest. That being said, this relatively flat loop provides mountain and lakeside views in a hike that is appropriate for anyone.

After you enter New Discovery Campground, the ranger at the gate (during the open season) will let you know where to park and can give you local maps."

"Located in the 25,000-acre Groton State Forest, Big Deer Mountain and its surroundings providequiet, scenic hiking on moderate trails. With a number of interesting natural features and ample opportunity to enjoy wildlife, this public land area is a great location to explore throughout the year and is also home to five state park campgrounds. This recommended loop is an excellent introduction to a forest you will want to visit again and again."

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Trail Information

Peacham
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
10 a.m. to sunset, Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day
Season
Swimming
Additional Use
New Discovery State Park, 802-426-3042, vtstateparks.com/htm/newdiscovery.htm
Local Contacts
Local Maps