Mount Mansfield State Forest: Beaver Meadow

These trails in the far east of Mt. Mansfield State Forest climb to two huts nestled beneath the high ridgeline of Chilcoot Pass and Whiteface Mountain.
Trail Activity
7.9 miles, Network
Morristown (VT)
Snow, Ungroomed
Permitted on leash
Other Activities


From the parking lot, the trail follows old logging roads into the woods -- be sure to continue straight on the Beaver Meadow Trail at the major snowmobile trail intersection. The trail continues with a steady climb and some dips at water crossings through hardwood forest. At the next trail junction, turn left or right to complete a loop around the beaver meadow area. To the left, is a stream requiring a careful crossing and then the Beaver Meadow Lodge (just past the junction with the Burling Trail). To the right, you will first reach Burling Camp. Either of these cabins is open to overnight guests, first-come, first-served.

Take care if you choose to bushwhack onto the beaver wetlands, since the ice may not be strong! There are wonderful views of the Madonna and Whiteface ridges from across the meadow.

To ski a longer loop, take the Burling Trail away from the Beaver Meadow Lodge. This trail will become a snowmobile trail and then the Catamount Trail. Along the edge of a field, turn left to return via an uphill snowmobile trail to the parking lot (1.8 miles) or turn right to end on the Mud City Loop Road (0.25 miles, plan to leave a car here or walk 1.4 miles back to your car along the road).

Other Information

Both lodges have wood stoves: bring your own firewood conforming to Vermont firewood regulations or be prepared to harvest firewood from dead, down trees.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation online or contact:

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District

VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation District 4: Barre District
5 Perry Street, Suite 20
Barre, VT 05641-4265
Phone: (802) 476-0182
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!
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Trailhead Information

Access is from Mud City Loop to Beaver Meadow Road; park in the plowed lot at the end of the road. The trail leaves from the left side of the lot. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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