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,