We love visiting the Ludlow area of Vermont, and nearby is Camp Plymouth State Park. There is plenty to do at the park, including the Echo Lake Vista Trail. If you make the trip here, the park also offers a beach, playground, picnic area, cabin rentals and boat rentals. We have visited many times and enjoyed both spending time at the lake and going hiking.
To get to the trail, you can park in the lot just outside the day use entrance on Scout Camp Road (no fee required). Otherwise, there is a day use fee to enter the park.
The trail is just off Scout Camp Road, on an old logging road next to the Birch Cottage. It is a wide trail, and after a very short distance, there is a sign for the Vista Trail.
To get to the vista, it is about 0.5 mile up. Most of the trail is an upwards incline, with some steep areas. Fortunately, the trail is only a half mile up. We did this with our two kids and although there was some complaining, it was very doable compared to some longer hikes we have done.
The trail is simple and wooded, and it is shaded from the sun. This was a nice hike on a warm fall day, and when we went and the trail was in good condition (not muddy).
It was easy to follow the signs and blue markings. There are signs pointing both up and down the trail to keep you on the trail.
The vista is a small area, but beautiful. It looks out over the lake and beyond to Okemo Mountain. This would be a great trail in the summer, since it is mostly under shade, but also nice in the fall for leaf peeping and also in the months the trees have lost their leaves (even clearer views!).
This is not a loop trail, so to get back, you simply go back down the approx. 0.5 mile you came up.
Visit Camp Plymouth State Park at https://vtstateparks.com/plymouth.html