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The Long Trail is a 272-mile hiking trail that runs the length of Vermont continuously from the Massachusetts border to the Canadian border. The Green Mountain Club built it more than 100 years ago and maintains it to this day, along with the Appalachian Trail in Vermont and the Kingdom Heritage Trails in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, totaling nearly 500 miles of hiking trails. GMC is the go-to source for hiking information in Vermont; with maps, guidebooks, and expert advice to help you plan your next adventure, whether it’s an easy afternoon jaunt or an “End-to-End" thru-hike of the entire trail.
Green Mountain Club - hiking - Mansfield lookout

Hit the Trail, Any Trail

From the ADA-accessible Barnes Camp Boardwalk with views of Smugglers’ Notch, to the pristine undeveloped summit of iconic Camel’s Hump, there’s a day hike out there perfectly suited to your needs.

Green Mountain Club - hiking sunset ridge, mansfield

LEAVE NO TRACE

Do your part to protect Vermont’s special places — from rare alpine tundra to fragile pond shorelines — by being a responsible hiker. Plan ahead and brush up on the basics like what to bring, where to camp, and what to do when you need to use the bathroom.

Green Mountain Club - Jay Peak maintenance

It Takes a Village

GMC’s Long Trail Patrol has been building and maintaining trails since 1937. You may see these highly skilled professionals at work rebuilding the Burrows Trail on Camel’s Hump or constructing a new overnight shelter at Stratton Pond. Caretakers educate hikers and protect environments on busy summits and campsites. Learn about their hard work, and thank them as you pass by!

Green Mountain Club - bear food storage dos and donts

Bear Safety

Black bears abound in Vermont’s forests, and many are desensitized to humans. Proper food storage is imperative to keep yourself, other hikers, and our wild creatures safe. Use a bear box or canister to store food and “smellables” when camping.

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Hiking

Whether walking in the woods or scrambling up a rock face, the Green Mountains are home to a wide variety of hiking options. Find your next peak and get ready for unforgettable adventure

Canoeing on Kettle Pond

State Parks

Vermont's State Parks are open year-round. From camping in cabins to enjoying a day on the lake swimming, paddling or boating, learn more about Vermont's 55 state parks.

Bicyclists enjoy a ride on a sunny day.

Outdoor Recreation

Autumn hikes, mountain bike rides, making camp among the fiery leaves, and paddling and fishing on clear water reflecting the foliage are just some of the ways to enjoy this season.