The South Trailhead is located in Westmore, Vermont on Route 5A.
It is 5.7 miles north of the junction of Routes 5 and 5A.
There are parking areas on both sides of the road. Heading north on Rt. 5A, the trailhead
is on the right. The parking area on the right is obvious; the bigger parking area on the left is less
obvious because trees screen it. There is a small trailhead sign that may not be visible
from the road due to cars parked in front of it.
There was some mention in guidebooks that this trail may sometimes be closed during the summer due to
peregrine falcon nesting.
About Willoughby State Forest
Willoughby State Forest consists of 7,300 acres in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, spanning the towns of Westmore and Sutton. Within the park is the Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area which includes Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor.
One of the forest's most striking features is the cliffs of Pisgah and Hor that rise sharply from either side of the 1,653-acre Lake Willoughby. Driving up Route 5A gives you a dramatic prospect of this narrow U-shaped valley. Hiking up to either mountain offers a bird's eye view of the lake and sweeping mountain vistas of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Canada.
Lake Willoughby is about 300 feet deep and is a popular fishing post for rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon and yellow perch.
Other natural features of this area include the remote Dolloff, Marl and Duck ponds. About 12 miles of hiking trails lead to the summits of Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Moose Mountain, and Wheeler Mountain. There are many more hiking trails just outside of the forest.
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About Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area
The 950-acre Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area is part of the Willoughby State Forest. The area includes the cliffs of Mount Pisgah and Mount Hor, as well as the forested buffer zone.
At their high point, the cliffs rise vertically approximately 1,300 feet above Lake Willoughby. The cliffs are known as a spring nesting site for peregrine falcons and also harbor many examples of endangered species of arctic and cliff-alpine plants.
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