Lake Willoughby Area Events and Attractions

 

Lake Willoughby

The Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is a haven for tourists spring, summer, winter and fall. Summer visitors enjoy the pristine lakes and natural beauty of the region every summer. Parking is free.

 

Lake Willoughby is, by far, the most strikingly beautiful glacial lake in the Northeast Kingdom. It resembles a Norwegian Fjord with its length extending between two mountain ranges. The lake is also the deepest lake in Vermont, with depths exceeding 300 feet. Waterfalls, cradled in rock formations, empty into the lake at various points from the surrounding mountains. Known as the Lucerne of America, Lake Willoughby is listed as a Natural National Landmark.

 

The lake is also home to Loon and the Peregrine Falcon. The cliffs of Mount Psgah and Mount Hor provide a natural habitat for the rare falcon and the Loon find private nesting places along the remote shoreline.

 

Lake Willoughby holds the world's record for the largest trout ever caught through the ice. The fish weighed in at 39 pounds, (18 kg). Lake Willoughby contains rainbow trout (wild and stocked), land locked salmon, rainbow smelt, burbot, yellow perch, longnose sucker, white sucker, lake chub, common shiner and round whitefish, a native species to Vermont.

 

Visitors enjoy the north and south beaches of this glacial lake. Parking is free and available at both ends of Lake Willoughby.

 

Biking, Hiking and Fall Foliage

Willoughby State Forest

Willoughby State Forest is found at the southern end of Lake Willoughby and is comprised of 7,757 acres of woodlands with hiking trails that will bring hkers to elevations of over 2000 feet to enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges and lake front. Seven trails are available on the southern end of Lake Willoughby that comprise over 20 miles of hiking trails in and around Willoughby State Forest. Most of the trails offer a mild to moderate climb for the novice to intermediate hiker. For entrance location, elevations, difficulty level and distance information Click Here

 

Westmore Town Forest

The Town Forest is one mile from the north end of Willoughby Lake off Town Road No. 4 on the west side of the lake. The trails are marked. Bridges should be tested and crossed with care.

 

Kingdom Bike Trail

Throughout the spring, summer and fall, visitors enjoy the outdoors for their wilderness, trails and foliage. If you are here during the spring, summer or fall, don't miss the Kingdom Bike Trails, a multiple-use trail system unlike any other and recently voted as the BEST MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL NETWORK in North America by Bike Magazine in their annual Reader's Poll. The Kingdom Bike Trails were also the Editors' Choice in the 2011 edition of the Yankee Magazine Travel Guide to New England.

 

Visit the Kingdom Trails Welcome Center located behind the Northeast Kingdom Country Store in the Village of East Burke, VT for trail passes and more information and enjoy this pastoral setting in the rolling hills of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom while you are mountain biking, hiking, trail running, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing.

 

 

 

Willoughby Annual 5K Walk/Run Race

The annual walk/run race is a mainstay in Westmore, VT. Runners/walkers compete in a short race along Route 5A in mid summer. The race beings at

the Westmore Community Church on Hilton Hill Road, Westmore, VT. Proceeds are donated to the Ladies Aid Scholarship Fund. To register, visit the Westmore Community Church or call 802-525-3689.

 

Orleans Country Club

The Orleans Country Club, home to a superb golf course, complete with rolling lush

lawns and sand traps, is just a short drive from Willoughby Lake and worth the trip. Don't miss the 19th Green Restaurant and Pub, conveniently located at the very end of the 18th Green.

"Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Orleans Country Club's course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play." Orleans Country Club,

Orleans, VT

 

Related Links
Westmore Online Westmore Association The Gap Pub & Grill Willoughby Golf Club Orleans Country Club Barton Golf Club VT VAST Org Jay Peak Resort Burke Mountain Resort Barton Area Chamber of Commerce The Notch House Craftsbury Nordic Center Kingdom Trails Network Willoughby State Forest Map Westmore Association Trail Map Willoughby State Forest Public Use Map

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