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Lincoln Gap Road
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Scenic road from the town of Lincoln to Warren, from which you can access both short and long hikes.
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sierralu
Lincoln, VT13 contributions
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Lincoln Gap is a beautiful, twisting, steep, and slow-paced backroad gem right in the heart of the Green Mountains. Easy access from Route 100 in Warren or Route 116/17 in Bristol. Some parts of the road are still dirt, which makes it that much more charming. Parking is available at the top of The Gap with access to the Long Trail.

The town on Lincoln (on the west side) is a great little classic Vermont town with a general store, picture perfect white church, and a babbling mountain river that hugs much of the road. Postcards of Vermont look like this little town.

Lots of beautiful old farmhouses amd great barns around every corner, as well as many sweeping vistas off some of the side roads. (Particularly nice is the view towards Lincoln Gap & Mount Abraham from several spots on West Hill Road. Venture up Quaker Street, past where it turns from blacktop to dirt by about 1/2 mile and there are more sweeping views of Mt. Abraham in all her glory. There is also a monument to early Quaker settlers in this area.

Be sure to stop by the general store for delicious wraps, soups, and simple sandwiches. There are often homemade baked goods available as well.

Travel Lincoln Gap on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, and you will be treated to Lincoln's Town Wide Yard Sale. Maps showing where the sales are located can be found at the General Store and flea market on the lawn of the town hall. Usually 40 to 50 sales dotted throughout the town -- it's a great way to explore roads that you might generally drive right by! Plus this town has TREASURES GALORE in its attics, garages, and junk rooms!

During summer, there are several great swimming holes in the New Haven River - bring your swim trunks and towel!

So be sure to drive Lincoln Gap, but also enjoy the town of Lincoln and its friendly Vermonters.
Written March 30, 2013
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Robert Gedzelman
New York City, NY93 contributions
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There are lots of scenic roads in Vermont. A few offer impressive views...and can be crowded. Lincoln Gap Road offers lovely views AND is rarely overcrowded!

Open seasonally during summer, and usually closed after the first October snows, Lincoln Gap road is accessible from either the western side in Lincoln, VT, OR from the eastern side just south of Warren, off route 100.

At it's top (of the pass) there's access to the Long Trail ("Sunset Ledge Trail Head"); two parking lots, on either side of the top of the pass, about 100 yards apart offer what is usually ample parking. The road is fully paved, although there can be rough spots/pot holes in the pavement and there are some sharp hair-pin turns. The road peaks around an elevation of 2,460 feet, and the best vista is from the western parking lot. Handicapped folks can enjoy the view, the lot is paved and therefore folks on walkers and wheelchairs can enjoy it.

On cooler days, you might need some wind protection; on hotter summer days, it's almost 1500 feet above main roads, so it's often 6-8 degrees cooler than down below!

For the adventurous, you can hike in on the Long Trail. Just be sure to bring water and food. We hiked a touch south, maybe 300-400 yards down along the spine of the Green Mountains, and found some view points along the Long Trail.

There are NO rest rooms or services of any kind available at either parking lot.

Pleid Lake, Vermont's highest lake road circuit: As an alternative, you can drive ONE way over Lincoln pass, then head south to Middlebury (Route 7) or Hancock (Route 100) and take Route 125 so as to drive a loop. If you drive from the junction of Lincoln Gap road and 100 South, you'll pass through Granville Notch and Moss Glen Falls; in Hancock, drive WEST over the pass of route 125. Right at Middlebury Gap is a trail to Pleid Lake, Vermont's highest lake. You are guaranteed to really refresh yourself swimming here on a hot summer's day. As you hike to the lake, you'll walk on/across Middlebury Snow Bowl ski trails. Complete your circuit by driving north on Route 7, (or the less crowded Route 116) into and through Bristol...where there is a nice selection of toney eateries, etc., to grab a lovely meal!
Written January 7, 2018
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Elizabeth G
Huntington Beach, CA1 contribution
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Mile long 22-25% grade through winding road - very special drive. I went from Warren to Lincoln, stayed in Lincoln, which is a wonderful little town.
Written August 16, 2016
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NeedSomeSunNow
Syracuse, NY282 contributions
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Just make sure vehicle will stay cool enough going up a challenging hill and your brakes are in good shape for the ride down the other side. Note- this road is closed in the winter, by early May it still had closed signs to the Warren side, but there were plenty of drivers. More houses than I remember going up the Lincoln side from a few years ago, but that is pretty typical of VT development. There are only a few places to pull over for views and pictures, but the twisting ride up the mountain going from dirt to pavement and back to dirt makes for a fun experience. Parking access to the trail was adequate, not sure about a busy summer weekend.
Written May 15, 2013
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Jared B
Lincoln, VT219 contributions
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I might be slightly biased because I live in Lincoln, but I have traveled all over the United States, and Lincoln Gap is an incredibly scenic and fun road!! Plus, I'm not sure that I've been on a steeper mountain pass...

Go slow, as the road surprises you a few times by going from paved to dirt and back to paved again. Peak foliage is the last half of September and first week of October (usually). Road is closed in the winter.

Good access to the Long Trail (both directions) at the top of the pass. Head south for a quick hike to amazing views, or head north for a much longer hike to the top of Mt. Abraham, one of the highest peaks in Vermont. STAY ON THE MARKED TRAIL, especially at the top, as there is SENSITIVE TUNDRA HABITATE that can only be found in a few places in New England!
Written March 20, 2013
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floridamom1
Florida37 contributions
We took Lincoln Gap Road between Warren and Lincoln on October 10, 2009 and the color was awesome. Since it is such a narrow road, the trees completely enveloped us with dazzling color. A little slice of heaven in Vermont.
Written October 20, 2009
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JBMartiniguy
Hartford, CT640 contributions
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We drove through in late September without a plan or a worry, we say a turn in Warren and took the chance that it might be the causal fun drive we were looking for...and indeed it was. Although the road is not paved in many sections, and some of the paving needs some help, it's not a concern if you are there for the bucolic nature and enjoyment of driving through nature. Take the ride, take your time, and enjoy
Written September 25, 2017
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Calitraveler36
Fresno, California63 contributions
Got the information about Lincoln Gap Road from New England Fall Foliage on Facebook. There were spotters who were reporting where fall colors were. The road does go from paved to unpaved (but not bad) at times and you do have to be careful of grooves in the road (I assume from snow plows??? I don't know). It is a beautiful drive and the canopy of trees as you drive through is beautiful. I wish there was more color when I went through, but it is worth the drive. Stop in Warren, VT at the end. They have a cute general store where you can buy lunch, gifts, pastries, etc.
Written October 12, 2015
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Roadie802
Fernandina Beach, FL168 contributions
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I did Lincoln and App gap today, and while I look forward to it again, I'll bring a lower gear. It tips up to about 20pct and stays there. No matter how much wishing there is no mercy in this climb...loved every leg wrenching inch of it! The decent is quick with sharp turns then turns to dirt. Be careful not to overcook the corners!

I used a mid compact with 28cassette on the back....a 32 would be better...
Written September 5, 2015
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Michelt_13
Montreal, Canada14 contributions
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The Lincoln gap is a fun stretch of (still mostly) dirt road... which can be a whole lot of fun on a motorcycle!

If you are into hiking, there is a parking lot at the top of the gap that allows you to hike on the "Long Trail"
http://www.greenmountainclub.org/page.php?id=2

You are about 6 miles South of Mt Ellen.
Written July 10, 2012
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