Bristol Cliffs Wilderness

Bristol Cliffs Wilderness

Green Mountain National Forest Lincoln, Vermont 05443

Official Website
Bristol Cliffs Wilderness guide and map

About this Location

Bristol Cliffs is Vermont’s smallest Wilderness. It takes its name from the overhanging cliffs on the huge rocky slopes within the western portion of the area. From their 1,500-foot summit, you can gaze across Champlain Valley, over Lake Champlain, and into the Adirondacks of New York. A bulge of quartzite called Devil’s Pulpit, probably used by early Native American toolmakers, dominates the cliff face. The face is considered unsafe for climbing.

The forest of Bristol Cliffs provides a habitat for beavers, white-tailed deer, black bears, and grouse. If you’re lucky, you might spot a peregrine falcon on the cliffs. Two secluded ponds, North and Gilmore, are nestled deep in the interior. Numerous streams tumble musically over low waterfalls. The area has no established trails, and the occasional footpaths to the cliffs are faint and hard to follow. But with a map and compass in hand, you can explore the area and find one of the least visited spots in Vermont.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Official Website

Last updated October 8, 2023