We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Magical views”
Review of Lake Willoughby

Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: A scenic lake in Vermont that is called "America's Lucerne."
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Just take your time / bring your camera / drive and view the Lake! We discovered this Lake years ago on a random drive. We revisit every time we are in the area. Spectacular views.

1  Thank LeonaMass
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review
Reviews (119)
There are newer reviews for Lake Willoughby
See the most recent reviews
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language

100 - 104 of 119 reviews

Reviewed October 6, 2012

A beautiful lake surrounded by tall peaks. The beach at the north end is OK but no shade, or picnic tables.

Thank Jane A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Lake Willoughby in the Northeast Kingdom of VT so beautiful! Beaches at both ends, towering peaks both sides. Hard to imagine it's formation so many years ago! Worldly wonder!

1  Thank IndyMaGrammy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 9, 2012

Lake Willoughby (which is listed in tripadvisor as being in East Burke, but is actually in Westmore, VT) is a glacier-created, deep lake which is worth at least a detour along VT Route 5A. The north end of the lake (where VT Route 16 comes in Route 5A) has a decent public beach and a good-sized parking area with a toilet. From the north beach you can see down the length of the lake with the cliffs on both sides - great place for photos.

Route 5A runs the length of the lake, and affords some great views of the water the the mountains to the west. About half way down the lake is a trailhead that leads to Mount Pisgah, the cliff/mountain on the east side of the lake. It's a somewhat rigorous hike, but has amazing views at the top (take to side trail to the clifftop). If you don't like to retrace your steps, the trail continues to another trailhead on Route 5A south of the the lake (but be aware that you will be a couple of miles away from your car, if you left it at the other trailhead).

The south end of the lake has a nice campground (mostly trailers), a mooring area for small boats, and a clothing-optional beach (which is reached by taking a short trail from the parking area just south of the lake).

The southern trailhead for Mount Pisgah is a quarter mile or so south of the lake, on the east side of Route 5A. Directly across the road, on the west side, is another trailhead for Mount Hor, which is the cliff on the west side of the lake. This is shorter and not quite a spectacular as the Mount Pisgah hike, but is a good option if you don't have the time or inclination for Pisgah.

If you are in the Northeast Kingdom or traveling through, it is worth the time to get off the interstate and at least drive by this lake.

9  Thank NEKVT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Spectacular views! Don't miss this beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. A must see if traveling in the north East area of Vermont.

Thank LizzyB14
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Lake Willoughby also viewed

East Burke, Northeast Kingdom
East Burke, Northeast Kingdom
 
Saint Johnsbury, Northeast Kingdom
East Burke, Northeast Kingdom
 

Been to Lake Willoughby? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing