Hiking Vermont 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)

Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures Guide Book

by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour) (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Vermont 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Larry Pletcher (Updated and revised by Tom Seymour)
Sixty of the best hiking trails across the Green Mountain State are described with maps, photos, and updated details on routes, restaurants, and accommodations. From half-day family hikes to overnight adventures, this guidebook will appeal to locals and visitors alike.

© 2008 Larry Pletcher Updated and revised by Tom Seymour/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

A half-day hike to a ridgetop pond; suitable for rainy weather. Rain, drizzle, fog—what’s a hiker supposed to do? If you’re bound and determined to tramp through the woods in spite of inclement weather, an outing to Abbey Pond might be just what you have in mind. As a matter of fact, a gentle shower should even improve this hike. Plumes of mist subtly enhance the mystery of this alpine pond, and liquid sunshine adds some punch to the froth of small cascades.
Middlebury, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
A two-hour walk through a peaceful preserve, with overnight shelters for hikers who wish to linger. Traveling to Amity Pond through valleys stocked with black-and-white cattle and maple syrup signs, visitors are prone to expect a romantic pool circled by lush wildflower meadows and stunning mountain views. Reality dashes such illusions. In fact, Amity Pond is a tiny kettle hole well disguised by brambles and poplar trees.
Woodstock, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.3-1.5 miles
Hiking and history merge in the southwest corner of Vermont, where the famous Bennington Battle Monument shares eminence with nearby mountains. For the best view in town, visitors ride to an observation deck in the impressive 306-foot tower that commemorates a critical victory in the American Revolution. Regrettably, hikers don’t have a similar option for getting uphill. Plunked within walking distance of a city at the edge of a mountain range, “Bald” Mountain seems to promise great views in all directions, but thanks to a healthy growth of evergreens, the summit of this peak east of Bennington no longer lives up to its name. This is a half-day hike to a tree-clad summit known as Bald Mountain.
Bennington, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
Hidden between the Connecticut Valley and the Green Mountain National Forest, Bald Mountain and Townshend State Park quietly draw visitors to an unsung pocket of Vermont. Part of 856-acre Townshend State Forest, this diminutive summit and decidedly quirky trail add just the right measure of family adventure to an inviting destination. A unique summit, spacious campsites, a huge covered bridge, play areas, and a sandy beach a short way down the road guarantee all members of the family plenty of weekend fun.
Brattleboro, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
A short nature walk in the northern highlands of Vermont. “Off the beaten path” acquires a whole new meaning at this 256-acre sanctuary in remote north-central Vermont. In their quest to reach the Barr Hill Nature Preserve, visitors motor along a busy barnyard lane where placid herds of Holsteins often claim the right of way. The uninitiated even learn to open and close an electric gate before arriving at a designated flat spot for parking in a field. Hard-core types searching for rugged trail adventure should scratch Barr Hill off their list. While thrillseekers may consider this path just a loop through an overgrown pasture, hikers with a curious bent will delight in a naturalist’s retreat that imparts inspiring lessons.
Greensboro, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3-0.7 mile
A day hike to summits in the Breadloaf Wilderness with an overnight option in a cabin on an alpine lake. Boasting few superlatives, the path to Skylight Pond still ranks among the most popular trails in the state. Wooded peaks, middling mountains, and pleasant but restricted views don’t usually add up to a favored destination, but a choice of summits, an alpine pond, and a Long Trail (LT) lodge transform this temperate trail into a champion of midrange hikes.
Middlebury, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8
A two- or three-day backpack circuit through the heart of the Big Branch Wilderness; a full day for stronger hikers. Roaring brook, pristine lake, vanished town, or scenic mountainside—whatever your pleasure, this extended loop through the Big Branch Wilderness delivers a zesty mix of superior camping options. Forest roads and side trails admit day-trippers to parts of this varied circuit, but a few days of relaxed roaming with a pack strapped to your back is the way to discover the subtle charms of this delightfully diverse terrain.
Rutland, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 13.4
A short walk to pristine ponds at the top of the Northeast Kingdom. Think of this hike as a nature walk without the frills. No interpretive guides, no trail signs, no route markers, no blazes, no help if you get in trouble—just a broad path to wilderness ponds at the top of the Northeast Kingdom, easily accessible to hikers equipped with map and compass. Remember, though, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department manages this 9,500-acre preserve for its fish and wildlife, not general recreation. Be mindful of the season when you venture into these woods.
Derby Line, VT - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
A short, energetic family hike to a backcountry peak that’s close to town. From the banks of the West River to the summit of Black Mountain, this undiscovered family hike conveys a sense of wildness just a few miles out of town. Don’t expect an easy effort, though. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, this extraordinary preserve challenges your conditioning on a bona-fide mountain trail. On any given day, wildlife, views, and an uncommon aura await hikers on this peak, but schedule a visit during blueberry season or when mountain laurel blooms and you’ll have the chance to experience a special outdoor treat.
Brattleboro, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
A drive-up summit with a network of trails to an observation tower and secondary peak. A solitary peak in the Northeast Kingdom’s southern tier, Burke Mountain is a special case. While a ramshackle trail runs from bottom to top, it also converges with an auto road that leads to a summit tower. Is it better to hike or drive? That depends on your point of view. Overgrown vistas, a confusing route, and a 0.75-mile walk on a graded access road persuaded me that climbing the full height of this mountain wasn’t the best idea.
Burke, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 0.2-1.4 miles
This is a short out-and-back hike to a nice view of Hazen’s Notch or a half-day trek to a little-known peak in remote north-central Vermont. NOTICE: A 200-acre area on Burnt Mountain has been posted against trespassing by the landowner. There is no access to trails beyond the High Meadow (www.hazensnotch.org). Ensure continued landowner generosity for public access by obeying the posted rules.
Montgomery Center, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2-4 miles
A short walk to a coral reef on a point in Lake Champlain. Portions of the hike are barrier free.
Vergennes, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
A backpack loop to a Green Mountain ridge near the headwaters of the New Haven River.
Middlebury, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 6.8-13 miles
A short stroll over boardwalk and path through a wetland natural area. Hidden in the woods off a narrow dirt road on a hill southeast of town, Eshqua Bog is a wildflower lover’s delight. Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy and the New England Wild Flower Society. This compact forty-acre wetland site preserves an astounding array of botanical life—from marsh marigolds and common bunch- berry to the beauty of rare orchids. Photographers, connoisseurs of native plants, and hikers who would like to immerse themselves in nature’s wild profusion are drawn to this fen teeming with species that harken back to post-glacial New England.
Woodstock, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
A short walk through the woods and fields of a historic Vermont homestead.
Burlington, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.75
A brief hilltop loop overlooking the Connecticut River; also a convenient campground with a barrier-free Adirondack shelter.
Brattleboro, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
A special path for the visually impaired; also nature trails for the entire family.
Huntington, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25
This is a three-hour hike around a forest pond and a short walk to Owls Head Mountain. More than 25,000 acres of ponds, beaches, campgrounds, and trails within easy reach of the capital of Vermont make Groton State Forest a premier choice for family recreation. Of all the varied attractions in this timberland retreat, Owls Head Mountain undoubtedly enjoys the most notable reputation. With the aid of a convenient auto road, campers, hikers, and casual passersby find a short trail to one of the finest views in the Green Mountain State at the top of this prominent peak. For a few discriminating visitors, though, the Kettle Pond Trail presents Owls Head in a very different light. Far removed from the pressing crowds, this private view from the shore of a wild wood pond envelops hikers in a natural realm at the heart of this preserve.
Groton, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.25-3 miles
A half-day hike to a low summit overlooking Bennington, the Vermont Valley, and the Taconic Range.
Bennington, VT - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
A relaxing half-day family hike to a southern Green Mountain summit overlooking Haystack Pond. A simple jaunt to a modest summit, the Haystack Mountain Trail owes much to a Nordic tradition. Ensconced near a hub of winter recreation, this gradual route is designed to transport cross-country skiers from the open woods of a shallow ravine to a mountainous ridge that stretches to Mount Snow. In warmer months, the trail doubles as a great family hike, quickly trading its ski resort favor for the freshness of a hardwood forest and excellent summit views.
Wilmington, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.8