Vermont has an increasing number of park-like recreation paths, and hundreds of miles of back roads and country lanes that provide delightful walking routes. These are extremely useful during the spring months, when hiking trails are closed to control damage during mud season. These back roads and country lanes enable people of all skill levels to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the simplest way possible: putting one foot in front of the other.
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.
Trail Maps & Guides
Having the most recent version of trail maps and guides is imperative to a safe and memorable hike. Be sure to stock up on information prior to your hike.
Find A Park
Whether you're making camping reservations, deciding on a hike or trying to find information on each park, start at the park finder.
As spring arrives, so does the opportunity for camping. It's a comfortable time of year to camp, but be sure to know the "leave no trace" etiquette.
Outdoor Recreation Trails
From hiking to biking, to skiing to horseback riding, and for everything from water trails to motorized trails, trailFINDER helps you find an outdoor activity near you, wherever you are in Vermont. Get out, get active, and explore.
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Take advantage of these special Vermont packages for getaway destinations, the arts, recreation, shopping, and great food and drink options.
Free Vermont Vacation Guide
Also available online, the Vermont Vacation Guide is filled with great content to steer your Vermont visit in the right direction.
5 Easy Hikes with Kids
If you yearn for the beauty of the backcountry, but are not up for an epic day on the trail, there are many short hikes in Vermont that offer gentle backcountry adventure with a big reward at the apex.