Prospect Rock Trail


Prospect Rock

The trail follows Rootville Road up along the Downer Glen Ravine. The trail is steep and high-clearance vehicles occasionally drive up the road. Just past the junction with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail at milepost 1.7, look for a spur to the right amongst the rocks that leads  200 feet west to Prospect Rock.  There are fine views of the Manchester valley as well as Mount Equinox, the tallest mountain in the Taconic Range.

Prospect Rock Trail Recreation Opportunity Guide

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Trail is coincident with a high-clearance road.
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Manchester.  For all emergencies, dial 911. The trailhead is located on Rootville Road in Manchester, Vermont.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Route 7 in Manchester, travel about a ¼ mile east on Route 11/30 to East Manchester Road. Turn right onto East Manchester Rd. At the 3-way stop sign, drive straight onto Rootville Road. Follow Rootville Road for about a mile. Limited parking is found on the right-hand side of the road just before the water tower; please obey all parking signs.



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Day Hiking

  • Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 1 ½-2 ½ hours round trip
  • Length: 3.5 miles round trip
Elevation desc Max elevation change: 1000 feet
Difficulty Level: Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
Length: 3.5 miles round trip

  Elevation : 
Max elevation change: 1000 feet