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The views beginning in Stowe and heading northwest to Cambridge are spectacular. Mt. Mansfield towers over the rolling valley dotted with picturesque white church steeples and small clapboard buildings. The hardwood and spruce forest mix accentuate the beauty, especially in fall when the deciduous trees burst with their brilliant reds and yellows. The road makes a gradual ascent offering an array of sights including: access to the Mt. Mansfield Natural Area with its alpine vegetation; Cantilever Rock which is a 60-foot obelisk wedged into a vertical cliff jutting outward 31 feet; Smuggler's Notch with its towering cliffs and torrid history; access to a stretch of the Long Trail which offers the courageous hiker one of the steepest climbs of nearly 3,000 feet to the top of Mt. Mansfield (4,395 feet) within 2.3 miles. The visitor also has the opportunity to stop and enjoy the many privately held ski resorts, art galleries, shops, motels and much more.

Elevation: 4,393 Feet

Elevation Gain: 3,000 Feet

Distance: 10 Miles

Directions: From Stowe, VT, Head northwest on SR 108 through the Smuggler's Notch Area.

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Smugglers Notch State Park

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Telephone Number: 802-253-4014
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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