Stratton Pond - GMNF

A gradual forest climb to Stratton Pond, the largest body of water on the Long Trail.
Trail Activity
Length
7.8 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Moderate
Towns
Arlington (VT), Bennington (VT), Manchester (VT), Shaftsbury (VT), Stratton (VT)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt
Pets
Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

The trail to Stratton Pond ascends gradually through a mixed hard/softwood forest. Several wet areas dot the trail and are particularly susceptible to erosion, so planking, known as puncheon, is set over the wet areas to minimize damage to the trail and surrounding area. This blue-blazed trail crosses several old logging roads. At about 3.8 miles the trail crosses a stream by stepping-stones and makes a sharp turn onto an old logging road. The junction with the Appalachian/Long Trail is reached soon after. The trail follows the AT/LT north (left) to the pond. Stratton Pond is the largest body of water on the Long Trail.

Other Information

As a result of heavy use, the potential for impact on the shoreline and the pond’s ecosystem is serious. Camping is restricted to the designated sites only. Tent sites and a shelter are available at the pond, on a first-come, first-served basis. A $5 per person/night fee, paid to the Green Mountain Club caretaker, helps maintain the shelter and trails, monitor impacts, and protect vulnerable soil, water, and vegetation.

Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry-out/carry-in.

Stratton Pond Trail - Green Mountain National Forest: including trail brochure and downloadable map.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Green Mountain Club website, or contact:

Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
gmc@greenmountainclub.org
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Green Mountain National Forest: Supervisor's Office - Rutland

Green Mountain National Forest: Supervisor's Office - Rutland
231 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701
Phone: (802) 747-6700
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Bennington County Regional Commission

Bennington County Regional Commission
111 South Street, Suite 203
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: (802) 442-0713
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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Trailhead Information

From Route 7 in Arlington, take the Arlington exit and turn west on Rte 313 at the end of the exit ramp. Take the first right onto South Rd. and follow to the end. Turn right onto Kansas Road and follow over Rte 7 and over a one-lane bridge. After the bridge turn right and travel east on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) for about 8.7 miles. The parking area will be on the north (left) side of the road.

From Route 100 in West Wardsboro, drive west for about 8.0 miles on the Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) until you see signs for the Stratton Pond trailhead parking. The parking area will be on the north (right) side of the road.

Note that Stratton-Arlington Road (aka: Kelley Stand Road) is closed in winter (Nov-May) and can be muddy in spring.

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