Best Day Hikes in Vermont  by Jennifer Lamphere Roberts

Best Day Hikes in Vermont Guide Book

by Jennifer Lamphere Roberts (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Best Day Hikes in Vermont  by Jennifer Lamphere Roberts
With hundreds of miles of hiking trails stretching from the shores of Lake Champlain, to the peaks of the spectacular Green Mountains, to the woodlands of the states southern region, the picturesque state of Vermont seems to have been made for hikers. This guide from the outdoor experts at the Appalachian Mountain Club features sixty of the best day hikes Vermont has to offer, for all experience levels. An at-a-glance trip planner accompanies the detailed trip descriptions, highlighting the best trail options with kids and dogs, as well as for winter snowshoeing and skiing. Whether you're looking to explore high summits like Camels Hump or Mount Mansfield, hike along the Long Trail or the Appalachian Trail, or take a day trip to the fertile valleys, rivers, and ponds, this must-have resource is a great addition to your pack.

© 2013 Jennifer Lamphere Roberts/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "Best Day Hikes in Vermont" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 60.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 60.

This hike along Lake Champlain passes through a rare cedar/pine forest and offers plenty of opportunities for swimming.
Shelburne, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.9
Hike through a blueberry-covered forest to an unusual rocky woodland community on Black Mountain’s summit, including a sprawling mountain laurel population.
Dummerston, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.8
Steep rock outcrops provide exciting hiking and a bird’s-eye view of the water and community of Island Pond.
Island Pond, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.2
A short, pretty climb over the summit of this small peak leads to dramatic cliffs and a wide view south over lakes and mountains.
Norton, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.6
This loop hike follows cliffs through a parklike forest with rare species and overlooks the southern reach of Lake Champlain.
West Haven, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.6
This remote trail passes through a stand of enormous ash and maple trees on its way to spectacular views from the summit of a popular skiing and mountain-biking destination.
Burke, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 6.2
Pass beaver ponds and an orchard on the way to a remote, rocky ridgeline with long views. Burnt Mountain (2,800 ft) offers a relatively new hiking adventure in Vermont, its trail established in 1990 and maintained by Hazen's Notch Association (HNA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation, education, and land restoration. 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. Please refer to
Montgomery, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.8
This bare summit provides a fun rock scramble and panoramic views along one of the most scenic sections of the Long Trail.
Fayston, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5.2
This island hike passes through woods and fields teeming with wildflowers and along rocky shorelines with astounding views and plenty of swimming.
Saint Albans, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.8
Visit the craggy, windswept summit of Vermont’s most famous peak on this challenging, rewarding day-hike loop.
Duxbury, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 7
Walk through open farm fields and shady woods as you circle the quiet waters of this mile-long pond.
Colchester, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.2
This short hike to a rocky promontory gives close-up views of the Coolidge Range towering over Sherburne Pass.
Killington, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2
Two beautiful ponds, a boulder-strewn ravine, and a camp on a high perch keep this hike interesting from beginning to end.
Eden, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 5.2
A peaceful hike through woods rich with wildflowers leads to the highest point on Vermont’s Lake Champlain shoreline.
Milton, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.1
This short climb to a ridgeline walk has many attractions: rock outlooks, a historical fire tower, and an unusual balanced boulder.
Elmore, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.4
A short climb leads to a fire tower with expansive views of the Upper Valley, a region around the Connecticut River that includes parts of Vermont and New Hampshire.
Norwich, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.4
Fields atop this long ridge attract wildlife and provide western views across Bennington and the Taconic Mountains.
Woodford, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.7
This pleasant cruise up a mellow ridge leads to a rocky top with views of nearby Haystack Pond and distant peaks.
Wilmington, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 4.2
Explore the deep forests, open fields, and steep ravines surrounding a stone lookout tower perched above Vermont’s capitol building.
Montpelier, VT - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.5
This boreal forest hike to the summit of Vermont’s northernmost ski area features sweeping views of northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York, as well as southern Quebec.
Westfield, VT - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3.4