Regional Guide

Northern Vermont & Lake Champlain - Hiking

Explore the Worcester Range near Stowe and Montpelier. For off-the-beaten-path hikes, you can't do much better than an expedition to the Worcester Range near Stowe and Montpelier. While not as high as the Green Mountain view, these lovely peaks more than make up for height in breathtaking views and a soaringly wild setting.

Walk the banks of Lake Champlain. Head to Red Rocks Park, just south of Burlington, where a 1.2-mile promenade offers up views of Champlain's best natural attractions: Adirondack peaks, the Taconic Range, and Camel's Hump.

Hike Vermont's Long Trail, the Granddaddy of American long-distance hiking trails. The trail, which crawls 270 miles up the spine of Vermont, climbs and descends Vermont's highest peaks. Those looking for day hikes can head to the most renowned portions of the trail: Camel's Hump and Mount Mansfield.

Hike like the smugglers of days gone by. Head to Smugglers Notch, a historic route used for over a century to smuggle goods and people into and out of Canada. A 6.5-mile loop will take you over personality-filled rocks and rare plants from Mount Mansfield and Sterling Peak.

Hike Vermont's stretch of the famed Appalachian Trail. From the Connecticut River to the Green Mountains, the route climbs through a high, rugged country of abandoned and overgrown farmlands and woodlands. From Sherburne Pass south, the Trail follows the lower 101.3 miles of the Green Mountain Club's famed Long Trail along the crest of the Green Mountains.

Climb Vermont's highest peak. For the dedicated hiker, a 9.3-mile day-hike up Mount Mansfield (two-day for slower hikers) trek will provide a glimpse into one of the Green Mountain State's undulating peaks and a rare arctic-alpine plant community.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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