Town name: Westmore
Area: 37.58 Sq Miles
Brief History: Westmore was originally named Westford but this created confusion in the state, as there was another Westford in Chittenden County. After 6 years the name was changed to Westmore. Due to its mountainous terrain not many folks settled hear in the early days. Today it is this hilly terrain and Lake Willoughby that make the town so desirable.
General Area Info: To experience Lake Willoughby is to experience Shangri-la.
Known as the “Lucerne of America” for its similarity to Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne, it is considered by many to be Vermont’s most spectacular lake. With its dramatic cliffs towering over its crystal clear waters, Lake Willoughby will mesmerize you with its beauty. Cliff climbers from all over the world come to Willoughby to refine or define their skills. The lake consists of 1,643 acres, and with a depth in excess of 300’, it is the deepest in the state.
The lake, listed as a National Natural Landmark, boasts catches that include rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, and yellow perch. The swimming is superb as is the boating, canoeing, and kayaking.
The wooded mountains surrounding the lake provide for excellent hiking and magnificent scenery. Willoughby State Forest encompasses 7,300 acres in northeastern Vermont. The sheer cliffs of Mt Pisgah and Mt Hor provide for a favorable nesting habitat for peregrine falcons.
Attractions: Lake Willoughby, Long Pond, Bald Pond, White Caps Campground, Mount Hor, Mount Pisgah, Willoughby State Forest, Cole Golf Course, VAST trails, and more.
Recreational Activities: Boating, swimming, kayaking, fishing, hiking, ice climbing, rock climbing, golfing and skiing at Jay Peak or Burke Mountain.