Cliffs closed to protect peregrine falcons

peregrine nestingThirteen cliff areas are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons. Peregrines are vulnerable to human disturbance on or above a nesting cliff and the cliffs are closed to improve the odds for successful nesting.

We close the portions of the cliffs where the birds are nesting and the trails leading to those cliff areas. These sites will remain closed until August 1 or until the department determines the risk to nesting falcons has passed.  If nesting falcons choose new sites, additional sites may be added to the closed list 

Thank you for your support in protecting peregrine nesting sites. You are helping to ensure that peregrines are part of Vermont’s landscape.

  • Barnet Roadcut (Barnet) – Rte 5 pullout closed
  • Bolton Notch (Bolton) – UUW cliff – cliff access and climbing closed
  • Bone Mt (Bolton) – portions closed to climbing
  • Deer Leap (Bristol) – cliff-top and climbing closed
  • Eagle Ledge (Vershire) – closed to hiking and climbing
  • Fairlee Palisades (Fairlee) – cliff-top closed
  • Marshfield Mt (Marshfield) - portions closed to climbing
  • Mt Horrid (Rochester) – Great Cliff overlook closed
  • Nichols Ledge (Woodbury) – cliff-top closed
  • Prospect Rock (Johnson) - cliff closed to climbing. Long-trail rerouted to avoid conflicts.

  • Red Rocks Park (S. Burlington) – southern cliff access closed
  • Rattlesnake Point (Salisbury) – southern overlook closed
  • Snake Mt (Addison) – entire western trail closed


Contact Us

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Christopher Herrick

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

Staff Directory

Connect with Us

Twitter icon
Facebook icon
YouTube icon
Instagram icon
RSS icon

The mission of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.