Stratton Pond Trail


Stratton Pond Trail

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. Stratton Pond is the largest body of water on the Long Trail, and the most heavily used location on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. As a result of this heavy use, the potential for impact on the shoreline and the pond’s ecosystem is serious. Camping is restricted to the designated sites only. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry-out/carry- in.

Stratton Pond Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide

General Forest Camping Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Fees Camping Fee: $5 per person / night at the pond during the summer / fall paid to the Green Mountain Club caretaker
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles              
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Arlington or West Wardsboro                          For all Emergencies: 911, #1600 Stratton-Arlington Road          911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Stratton, off Stratton-Arlington Road.
Operated By: Green Mountain Club

General 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 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.

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Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 5-6 hours round trip Length: 7.8 miles round trip
Elevation descMax elevation change: 390 feet
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Areas & Activities

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Max elevation change: 390 feet