Best Hiking in Vermont

This list represents the most popular hiking in Vermont (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Vermont hiking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Mount Mansfield, Sunset Ridge Trail


About 17 miles east of Burlington and 22 miles NW of Montpelier. A classic ascent of a rocky ridge to the highest peak in Vermont. Special attractions: Rare alpine plants and flowers; magnificent su…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Burlington, VT - Hiking - 6.6 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#2. Camel's Hump, Forestry, Dean, and Long Trails Loop


Between Burlington and Montpelier, south of I-89. A long, scenic day hike to Vermont's highest pristine peak and a National Natural Landmark. Special attractions: Summit views, rare alpine vegetation…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Montpelier, VT - Hiking - 7.4 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#3. Appalachian Trail: Glastenbury Mountain


The hike over Glastenbury Mountain covers a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness. The entire backpacking hike of 22.6 miles provides long walks, a choice of camping sites, and plenty of climbin…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England"
Bennington, VT - Hiking - 22.6 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#4. Mount Ascutney, Weathersfield Trail


About 20 miles south of White River Junction, just west of the Connecticut River. A half day hike to a challenging peak on Vermont's eastern border. Special attractions: Waterfalls and spectacular v…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
White River Junction, VT - Hiking - 5.8 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#5. Lye Brook Wilderness


Between Bennington and Rutland, just east of Manchester Center. An overnight backpack to a wilderness pond, or a half-day hike to a plummeting falls. Special attractions: Wildlife, wetlands, Bourn P…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Bennington, VT - Hiking - 14.6 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#6. Killington Peak, Bucklin Trail


About 7 miles east of Rutland. A hike to the second highest summit in Vermont. Special attractions: Three-state views of the Green Mountains, White Mountains, Taconic Range, and Adirondacks.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Rutland, VT - Hiking - 7 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#7. Haystack Mountain


Off Vermont Highway 9 about midway between Brattleboro and Bennington. A relaxing half day family hike to a southern Green Mountain summit overlooking Haystack Pond. Special attractions: Easy access…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Bennington, VT - Hiking - 4 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#8. Appalachian Trail: Killington Peak - North


This hike - a north-south excursion - starts out in benign and gently rolling woods, by the time it reaches the gloriously exposed top of Killington, there is nothing between you and the weather but t…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England"
Rutland, VT - Hiking - 5.7 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Stackpole Books

#9. Stratton Mountain & Stratton Pond


South-central Vermont, about 20 miles SE of Manchester. A classic day hike to fire tower views and waterfront walks on a wild pond's shore; lean-tos and tent platforms offer overnight options.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Manchester, VT - Hiking - 11 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#10. Bald Mountain, Bennington


Near Woodford Hollow, 4 miles east of Bennington. A half day hike to a tree-clad summit known as Bald Mountain. Special attractions: Good views of the Green Mountains and the neighboring Taconic Ran…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Bennington, VT - Hiking - 4 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#11. Mount Abraham, Battell Trail


About 14 miles NE of Middlebury, in the town of Lincoln. A vigorous hike up the western flank of Vermont's lowest 4,000-foot peak. Special attractions: Alpine vegetation, an overnight shelter, and t…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Middlebury, VT - Hiking - 5.8 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Publishing

#12. Mount Mansfield - Vermont Highpoint


Highpoint rank by height: 26th. The hike from the top of the Auto Toll Road follows a short stretch of The Long Trail — a 440 mile (704 km) trail across Vermont following the main ridge of the Green M…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Stowe, VT - Hiking - 2.8 miles    Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Winger Books

#13. Rattlesnake Cliffs, The Falls of Lana, and Silver Lake


Eight miles SE of Middlebury. A collection of trails to mountain views and waterfront camps for day hikers and backpackers alike. Special attractions: The Falls of Lana, clifftop views, and campsite…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Middlebury, VT - Hiking - 4.7 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#14. Little Rock Pond & Green Mountain


About midway between Rutland and Manchester Depot. An easy family backpack to campsites on Little Rock Pond, or a looping, scenic day hike that adds the Green Mountain summit. Special attractions: C…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Rutland, VT - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#15. Camels Hump Trail


Camels Hump is a Vermont landmark, a bald peak with a distinct shape. In the late 1700s the mountain was dubbed “Camels Rump” by Ira Allen (Ethan Allen’s brother), which was later changed to the more…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Huntington Center, VT - Hiking - 5.7 miles   
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Big Branch Brook, Griffith Lake, and Baker Peak


Midway between Rutland and Manchester Depot. A two- or three-day backpack circuit through the heart of the Big Branch Wilderness; a full day for stronger hikers. Special attractions: Griffith Lake,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Rutland, VT - Hiking - 13.4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#17. Mount Equinox, Burr & Burton Trail


Southwestern Vermont, immediately west of the village of Manchester. A vigorous climb to the highest summit in the Taconic Range. Special attractions: Wildflowers, four-state views, and a marble ben…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Manchester, VT - Hiking - 6.8 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#18. Appalachian Trail: Bromley Mountain


This hike leaves the highway about 6 miles east of bustling Manchester. Amidst the plethora of designer outlets in the village, there are numerous services and distractions for hikers, not the least…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England"
Manchester, VT - Hiking - 17.3 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books

#19. Mount Pisgah


East of Interstate 91 between Saint Johnsbury and Derby Line. A hike to breathtaking cliffs overlooking lake Willoughby. Special attractions: Spectacular clifftop views and possible chances for sigh…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont"
Saint Johnsbury, VT - Hiking - 4 miles   
Published by Falcon Publishing

#20. Appalachian Trail: Stratton Mountain & Stratton Pond


The AT/LT section between Arlington and Manchester offers a host of possibilities for both day hikers and backpackers, with two gems in the middle: Stratton Mountain and Stratton Pond. It's a good tri…
From the guidebook "Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England"
Stratton Village, VT - Hiking - 17.5 miles   
Published by Stackpole Books