With trails for varying abilities and access to pristine places and expansive views, Vermont is a top-notch hiking destination. Two major hiking trails run along the spine of the Green Mountains. The Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Long Trail follow the same route from the state's southern border to Sherburne Pass, where the Appalachian Trail turns east to Maine and the Long Trail continues north. Vermont’s Long Trail is the nation’s oldest long distance hiking trail, stretching 272 miles from Massachusetts to the Canadian border; it is considered a must-do pilgrimage for avid hikers across the nation. The Vermont section of the AT welcomes thru-hikers traveling 2,184 miles from Georgia north to Maine.
Access to these trails can be found along side trails, which are superb day hikes in themselves, or where the trails intersect at roads. Shelters for camping are spaced at convenient intervals along the journey. Additionally, state parks offer many more options statewide, including Easy Hikes for the Whole Family. Hiking packages with lodging and tours are also available on vermontvacation.com.
The Green Mountain Club is the resource for the state’s hiking options. With a mission to “make the Vermont mountains play a larger role in the life of the people,” the Green Mountain Club is a non-profit that not only keeps Vermont’s hiking trails open, but offers outdoor education, workshops, and hiking guidebooks and pocket maps. For more information about hiking or to get maps and guidebooks, you can call the Green Mountain Club toll free at 877-484-5053. Drop by the club’s visitor center on Route 100 in Waterbury Center for a cup of coffee and some friendly hiking conversation.
See you on the trail!