White Rocks Cliffs Trail

  

White Rocks Cliffs

White Rocks Cliffs offers beautiful vistas of the Route 7 valley, the Taconic Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance.The trail begins by winding around the northeastern edge of the cliff area. The trail passes waterfalls before junctioning with the Appalachian/Long Trails. A spur trail at 1.4 miles decends 0.2 miles to White Rocks Cliffs. The spur trail descends 0.2 miles to reveal several beautiful vistas. 

At a Glance

Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: No horses, mountain bikes, or motorized vehicles
Closest Towns: Food and Services: Wallingford. For all Emergencies: 911.             911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Wallingford, off Rte 140 and Forest Road 52.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From Route 7 in Wallingford: Follow Route 140 east 2.1 miles to the junction of Sugar Hill Road on the right;

From Route 103 in East Wallingford: Follow Route 140 west approximately 4.0 miles to the junction of Sugar Hill Road on the left; 

Follow Sugar Hill Road for about 200 feet to the sign for the Green Mountain National Forest-White Rocks Picnic Area and turn right onto Forest Road 52. Follow FR 52 for 0.5 miles to the end.


General Notes:

Additional Resources

White Rocks Cliffs Trail Recreation Guide and Map

Trail Information

The trailhead is found at the far end of the parking lot and is marked by blue blazes. The first part of the hike follows the Keewaydin Trail and winds around the northeastern edge of the cliff area. About 0.2 miles into the trail, a waterfall on the Bully Brook can be seen on the left. The Appalachian/Long Trail junction is reached at 0.4 miles from the parking lot. At the junction, turn south (right) following the white blazes past the Greenwall Shelter spur trail, which is at about 1.0 mile.

Continue south to a stone cairn at 1.4 miles, which identifies the spur trail on the right that leads to White Rocks Cliffs. The spur trail descends 0.2 miles to several beautiful vistas of the Route 7 valley, the Taconic Mountains, and the Adirondack Mountains in the distance. Please practice Leave No Trace ethics, such as carry out what you carry in.

Safety Information

911 Information: The trailhead is in the Town of Wallingford, off Route 140 and Forest Road 52.

Area History

During the last Ice Age, glaciers scoured and exposed the Cheshire quartzite that makes up White Rocks Cliffs. Since that time, the White Rocks area has had a long history of human use. Native Americans quarried stone from the site for tools, and in the 1850s white settlers cleared the land for grazing. As the abandoned fields reverted to forest during this century, logging came to the area. Today, the White Rocks Cliffs have been set-aside as part of a National Recreation Area for backcountry recreation and to insure a continuous wildlife habitat.


Activities


Hiking

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Day Hiking

Hiking Trail - Average hike time: 2 ½ - 3 hours round trip Length: 3.2 miles round trip
Elevation descMax elevation change: 1250 feet
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Picnicking

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Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
Length: 3.2 miles round trip

  Elevation : 
Max elevation change: 1250 feet

 



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