Deer Leap

Deer Leap

Bristol, Vermont 05443

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About this Location

Deer Leap Mountain peak, located right next to Bristol, is one of Vermont's Fifty Finest peaks, due to its topographical prominence. There are a number of trails on the mountain, the easiest of which starts at the end of Mountain Terrace. The Nature Conservancy manages the land higher up on the mountain, but hiking is permitted year-round. The cliffs are climbed by rock climbers occasionally, but that area has been closed during certain times of year for peregrine falcon nesting. 

Notable Trails

Deer Leap Mountain/Bristol Cliffs, not to be confused with the Deer Leap Trail in Killington, this 3.5 mile round trip route takes you to a scenic cliff overlook where you can look down on the village of Bristol and the Champlain Valley. Find parking in downtown Bristol and head up Mountain Terrace to find the trailhead.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website and Middlebury Day Hikes webpage

Last updated October 8, 2023