Stratton Pond Trail

Stratton Pond Green Mountain Finger Lakes National Forests

The trail to Stratton Pond ascends gradually through a mixed hard/softwood forest. It provides access to Stratton Pond and is a side trail to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and coincident Long Trail. The pond itself is the largest body of water on the Long Trail, and the most heavily used location on the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. At the pond, you will enjoy spectacular scenery and may see wildlife including loons or beaver.  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, especially disposing of waste properly and traveling and camping on durable surfaces.

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles              
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Arlington or West Wardsboro For all Emergencies: 911, The parking area for this trail is located at 1600 Stratton-Arlington Road, Stratton, VT
Operated By: Forest Service in partnership with the 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.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Primitive Camping - designated sites only

Day Hiking

  • Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 5-6 hours round trip
  • Length: 7.8 miles round trip
Elevation desc Max elevation change: 390 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Viewing Wildlife

Wildlife Viewing

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Trail Partners on the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests


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Length: 7.8 miles round trip

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Max elevation change: 390 feet