Bristol Cliffs Wilderness

  
Bristol Cliffs, Vermont's smallest Wilderness, takes its name from the overhanging cliffs on the huge rocky slopes within the western portion of the area. From their 1,500-foot summit, you can gaze across Champlain Valley, over Lake Champlain, and into the Adirondacks of New York. A bulge of quartzite called Devil's Pulpit, probably used by early Native American toolmakers, dominates the cliff face. The face is considered unsafe for climbing. The forest of Bristol Cliffs provides habitat for beavers, white-tailed deer, black bears, and grouse. If you're lucky, you might spot a peregrine falcon on the cliffs. Two secluded ponds, North and Gilmore, are nestled deep in the interior. Numerous streams tumble musically over low waterfalls. The area has no established trails, and the occasional footpaths to the cliffs are faint and hard to follow. But with a map and compass in hand, you can explore the area and find one of the least visited spots in Vermont.

At a Glance

Operated By: Forest Service

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Discovering Your National Forests

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  • Green Mountain National Forest - South Zone

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  • Finger Lakes National Forest

    In New York, the Finger Lakes National Forst is only comprised of the Hector Ranger District near Hector, NY. The Forest is located between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region.

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