From the Middlebury Green, head northeast on Washington Street and then out of town on Seminary Street Extension. Bear left onto Quarry Road, then turn left at the intersection with VT-116/Case Street. Travel north on Route 116 for 0.7 miles, and look for a sign for the Abbey Pond Trail on the right. Turn right onto a gravel road and follow the right spur to the trailhead parking at 0.3 miles. The land adjacent to the road and parking lot is private property. Please be respectful of the owner.
From Bristol, travel west 1.0 mile on Route 17/116. Turn left onto Route 116 at a blinking light, travel 6.9 miles and look for a sign for the Abbey Pond Trail on the left. Turn left onto a gravel road and follow the right spur to the trailhead parking at 0.3 miles. The land adjacent to the road and parking lot is private property. Please be respectful of the owner.
From the parking lot, the trail leads into the woods and climbs moderately to a bridge at 0.2 miles. The trail continues beside a stream to a second stream crossing that has no bridge, but can be crossed on rocks. Ascending steadily after the second stream crossing, the trail climbs to a third stream crossing after which the terrain is gentler. The trail arrives at the outlet of Abbey Pond at 2.1 miles. Abbey Pond supports a community of marsh plants and animals. This trail is sometimes closed to protect nesting great blue herons. Watch for the closure posters. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.
No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles.
Visit Green Mountain National Forest online for more information or contact:
US Forest Service
Recreation and Trail Coordinator
Phone: (802) 767-4261 x530
Check for nearby geocaches to Abbey Pond.
Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Know your limits – it’s okay to turn back. Your home is the ultimate destination, not the summit.