16. NICHOLS LEDGE, WOODBURY, VT (hike)
Once again, I have been trying to hike Nichols Ledge for years and either the weather did not cooperate, I was not near the area during my fall excursion or my hiking partner could not make it!
As I am in Peacham for a week this year, I am going to try my best to go. A few years ago, the Cabot Fall Foliage Festival led a hike to the ledge as part of their festival. I think this year, they are not physically sponsoring it but it is part of their "recommended tour". I hope to meet up with a hiking buddy to see what all the rave reviews are about! I found a past link of this foliage forum for the directions. I'm wondering what the reality of the hike is, moderate or moderate/difficult because there are different takes on it depending on your skill level. I'm participating this weekend in my state's trail weekend led by Connecticut Forest and Park Association to continue to get in shape! I reallllly want to do this hike as I heard the unobstructed views rival that of Owls Head in the Groton State Forest. I loved my two hikes at Owls Head, the views at the top were stellar!
Directions from previous post led by hike leader:
"The ledge is actually in the Town of Woodbury, very close to where the town lines of Cabot, Walden, Hardwick and Woodbury come together. To reach the ledges you must climb a rather steep and unforgiving trail, which is not to be attempted by timid, frail, or sedentary types. The beginning of the trail tends to be pretty wet, and you should wear sturdy, comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots, and it’s helpful to carry a walking stick. Once at the top, please be very careful because the drop is sheer and there are no railings or safeguards. DO NOT BRING CHILDREN HERE UNLESS YOU CAN KEEP A FIRM HAND ON THEM AT ALL TIMES, ESPECIALLY AT THE TOP NEAR THE LEDGES. The view from the top is well worth the trouble to get there. You’ll see breath-taking views to the south and west, and miles of unbroken forest.
To reach Nichol’s Ledge, take the South Walden Road at the north end of Main Street (Rt. 215) past the recreation field to Houston Hill Road on your left. Follow this road to Coit’s Pond Road, turn right for a little over a mile. You’ll see small Coit’s Pond on your left, and then you’ll come to a “wide spot in the road,” also on the left and directly opposite a “backwards driveway.” Park in the wide spot and you’ll see the trail heading down into the woods."
Please note: Nichols Ledge (amongst others) are closed until August 1, 2019 to protect nesting peregrine falcons, unless further updated by Vermont Fish & Wildlife. See recent press release below.
https://vtdigger.org/2019/05/13/cliff-t ... egrines-2/