Nichols Ledge

Nichols Ledge, near Cabot, Vermont, offers an unspoiled and unparalleled vista of Nichols Lake.

At 1,707 feet in elevation, Nichols Ledge presents exceptional scenery of not just Nichols Lake, but of East Long Pond, Woodbury Mountain, and the Worcester Range of the Green Mountains.

Nichols Ledge is located in Cabot, the namesake of an amorous union of Lyman Hitchcock, an officer in the Continental Army, and Sophia Cabot. Only after Hitchcock had acquired the property in Vermont through a grant was the marriage approved by Sophia’s father.

The village’s claim to fame is being home to the Cabot Creamery, reportedly the “Makers of the World’s Best Cheddar.” It’s also well known for the Cabot Fall Festival, part of the broader Northeast Kingdom Fall Foliage Festival, that offers guided hikes to the ledge.


Nichols Ledge Trail

The Nichols Ledge Trail is a 1-mile in-and-out trail that begins at Colts Pond Road's north terminus and ends at Nichols Ledge. The trail has an approximate elevation gain of 400 feet. While steep, it is not a technical trail.

From US 2 at Marshfield, follow VT Route 215 north for 3.1 miles. Turn left onto West Hill Pond Road and follow north for 1.7 miles. It continues onward as Colts Pond Road for 3.2 miles. The road ends at the trailhead.



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  • Tim Putnam

    May 25, 2022

    Hello. Nichols ledge is in Woodbury, not Cabot. It would be great if the article would mention to respect the nesting signs so the falcons can enjoy it as well.

  • Sharon

    July 19, 2022

    Thank you for your information. We have a 25 ft RV, and would like to know if we could drive it to the trail head of Nichols Ledge? Thank you in advance for your help, and best regards!

    • Pat Cox

      April 27, 2023

      No, the parking is limited

  • Pat Cox

    April 27, 2023

    Please do not forget that this is private property, not state managed land. So please do not mark the trail with tape or paint and take your trash away with you.

    • Tim Putnam

      April 28, 2023

      Thank you Pat for that comment. My family has owned this land since mid 1800’s. Like to keep it in good condition.

  • Karen Larsen

    March 26, 2024

    An informational update (Spring 2024). Nichols Ledge and the forest approach trail are CLOSED until August 1st for pergrine nesting season. Although we welcome you to Cabot, Eclipse viewers (April 8th) will NOT have access to the Ledge as Coit’s Pond Road to parking area will also be closed April 7th-April 9th.


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