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Winter Hiking

SHORTER DAYS & FEWER PEOPLE

Vermont is renowned throughout the United States for its scenic and serene State Parks. The summer months are often the time of year when guests enjoy a visit to a Vermont State Park, however there are many that choose to visit during the winter season. Whether you wish to hike, hunt, snowshoe or find the perfect sledding hill, you are welcome to enter any of the 55 parks for day use anytime during the winter season. During this time, access to a Vermont State Park is free of charge. If you are interested in winter camping you will need to get a permit, which are available from November 1st – April 15th.

When visiting a Vermont State Park during the winter season, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Most to all water supplies, restrooms, and removal services and facilities are closed, so keep Leave No Trace in mind, and carry-in/carry-out all supplies and trash. Also, snow plowing arrangements vary by location, so it is possible you'll need to dig your vehicle out of the snow in the event of inclement weather.

Camel's Hump in Huntington is a popular winter hike. As Vermont's third-highest mountain, it offers spectacular views from the summit. But remember—temperatures at the top can be dramatically colder than at the start of a trail.

The Green Mountain Club, Vermont's resource for hiking options, offers a great winter preparedness blog for those looking for additional tips as they plan their winter hiking trip.

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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.

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Snowshoeing

Even if you don’t ski, there are ways the whole family can get out into Vermont’s snowy wonderland.

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Find A Park

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Winter Camping

Camping in the winter brings a sense of calmness, that can only be replicated by such quiet brought on by solitude in the wilderness.

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XC Ski Vermont

Calling all adventure seekers: The Catamount Trail is a cross-country skiing trail that runs the entire length of the state.