Vermont State Parks Trails

To find trails in Vermont state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Wilgus State Park-The Pinnacle :: Weathersfield, VT

A refreshing, one-hour riverview walk only minutes from an interstate highway. Cruising the eastern flank of the Green Mountain State on I-91, most drivers catch only fleeting glimpses of the broad Connecticut River. Masked by hills and bits of for

Fort Dummer State Park-Sunrise Trail :: Brattleboro, VT

A brief hilltop loop overlooking the Connecticut River; also a convenient campground with a barrier-free Adirondack shelter.

Camel's Hump State Park :: Waterbury Center, VT

A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across the state. A 20,000-acre protected landscape surrounds it. No structure has ever stood upon the summit, making it Vermont’s

Maidstone State Park :: Maidstone, VT

Hike along an inlet of Maidstone Lake where loons—until recently an endangered species in Vermont—are frequently spotted.

Mount Philo State Park :: Charlotte, VT

Trek beneath a dramatic cliff band to breathtaking views of the Champlain valley and surrounding mountains.

Emerald Lake State Park Trail :: Green Mountain National Forest, VT

Emerald Lake State Park Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Bennington County, Vermont. It is within Green Mountain National Forest. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 802 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total

Mount Philo State Park :: Charlotte, VT

A barrier-free stroll on a drive-up summit, suitable for any family. Mount Philo brings back memories of those movies from my youth where daring explorers climbed a at-topped mountain lost in prehistoric time. Not exactly Jurassic Park, but the same

Button Bay State Park :: Vergennes, VT

A short walk to a coral reef on a point in Lake Champlain. Portions of the hike are barrier free.

Underhill State Park :: Underhill Center, VT

The air is clear and cool as you approach Underhill State Park. Perched on the western flanks of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak, this is the best place from which to launch your hiking adventures on and around this renowned peak. You can lit

Smugglers Notch State Park :: Stowe, VT

Ever wonder where the “smugglers” in Smugglers Notch comes from? Me too. Apparently, when President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo forbidding trade with Great Britain and Canada in 1807, it was especially hard on the folks living in northern Verm

Quechee State Park :: White River Junction, VT

In a state full of incredible natural spectacles, Quechee Gorge has got to be one of Vermont’s most amazing and unique sights. Plunging 165 feet down to the Ottauquechee River—whew, I’m glad they shortened that to name the gorge—Quechee Gorge reminds

Mount Ascutney State Park :: Ascutney, VT

Different people associate Mount Ascutney with different things. For some, it may be the hiking. For a select group of people, hang gliding comes to mind. Mount Ascutney is one of the premier spots in New England from which to launch a hang glider. F

Jamaica State Park :: Jamaica, VT

Don’t even think of coming here without a reservation on one of the river-release weekends. When the West River swells to its banks, the campground at Jamaica State Park swells with whitewater kayakers. If you want to score a site for one of those b

Half Moon Pond State Park :: Fair Haven, VT

The contiguous Bomoseen and Half Moon Pond state parks are essentially a string of ponds, marshlands, and abandoned quarry sites, all interconnected by several hiking trails ranging in length from 0.3 mile to 4.5 miles. From the sheltered enclave of

Gifford Woods State Park :: Killington, VT

Gifford Woods is a perfectly situated spot from which to launch your adventures into the Green Mountains and the Killington area. Whether you’re here for late-season skiing or mountain biking at Killington or hiking in the Green Mountains (especially

Emerald Lake State Park :: East Dorset, VT

You can’t help but notice the steep embankment leading up from one side of the road and down from the other as you drive into the Emerald Lake State Park campground. This place was essentially carved out of the hillside. It makes for a dramatic setti

Coolidge State Park :: Plymouth, VT

When you’re hiking through the gentle trails of Coolidge State Park (so named for the nearby birthplace of Calvin Coolidge, 30th president of the United States), you’ll come across lots of old stone walls and what’s left of foundations. Close your ey

Branbury State Park :: Salisbury, VT

There are two separate camping areas at Branbury State Park. One is pretty nice, but the other is positively spectacular. Branbury State Park is on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore, and there’s plenty to do on this beautiful central Vermont lake: pa

Muhley Trail :: Niquette Bay State Park, VT

Muhley Trail is a hiking trail in Chittenden County, Vermont. It is within Niquette Bay State Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 183 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 660 feet. The Niquette St

Burns Trail :: Niquette Bay State Park, VT

Burns Trail is a hiking trail in Chittenden County, Vermont. It is within Niquette Bay State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 149 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 88 feet.

Island View Trail :: Niquette Bay State Park, VT

Island View Trail is a hiking trail in Chittenden County, Vermont. It is within Niquette Bay State Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 404 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 88 feet.

Allen Trail :: Niquette Bay State Park, VT

Allen Trail is a hiking trail in Chittenden County, Vermont. It is within Niquette Bay State Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 185 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 134 feet. The Niquette Sta

Ledges Trail :: Niquette Bay State Park, VT

Ledges Trail is a hiking trail in Chittenden County, Vermont. It is within Niquette Bay State Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 183 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 571 feet. The Niquette St

Little River State Park Trail :: Waterbury, VT

Even in winter, the siren song of the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory tour is tough to resist! That, and the fact that Stowe is just up the road-a road that’s filled with all manner of other treats, from Vermont cheddar to homemade chocolates to ap

Mount Philo State Park Trail :: North Ferrisburgh, VT

Who says you need to work hard to enjoy wonderful views? lf you can get over the fact that you don’t have to suffer to earn a reward (and we New England Puritan types have a very hard time with this!), you’ll enjoy this sweet, short hike and the pano

Eastern Vermont :: Wood Stock, VT

On this hike, you will be traversing an intermountain range section as the A.T. makes its way from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the Green Mountains of Vermont. The elevations along this hike are not that extreme, between 1,500 and 2,500 fe

Eagles Cut Trail :: Chittenden County, VT

Eagles Cut Trail is a hiking trail in Chittenden County, Vermont. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 1,839 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 304 feet. The Underhill State Park Campground camp site i

State House Trail :: Hubbard Park, VT

State House Trail is a hiking trail in Montpelier, Vermont. It is within Hubbard Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 542 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 440 feet. Near the trailhead there is

Mount PhiloTrail :: Charlotte, VT

Mount Philo is the centerpiece of Mount Philo State Park, Vermont’s oldest state park. It was established in 1924 when Frances Humphreys gave 150 acres to the state. The hiking trails were added much later, in 1996,by the Vermont Youth Conservation C

Worcester Range :: Stowe, VT

One of Vermont’s most scenic ridges, the 15-milelong Worcester Range includes over 20 miles of trails, which lead through lush forests to bald summits, small cascades, and secluded outcrops. Much of the range is managed by Vermont as part of Putnam S

Mount Tom and The Pogue Trail :: Woodstock, VT

Formally known as a small ski area, Mount Tom is hardly a dominant peak in the state, yet it is a Vermont landmark for its historical significance. Laurance S. Rockefeller was third in a series of pioneers in American land conservation and forest ste

Mount Olga Trail :: Wilmington, VT

Mount Olga is located in Molly Stark State Park. The woman for whom the mountain is named is unknown, but the woman for whom the state park is named - Molly Stark - is legendary. Molly Stark was born Elizabeth Page in 1737. She was nicknamed “Molly”

Green River Reservoir :: Hyde Park, VT

Paddle through remote and undeveloped Vermont wilderness to quiet and secluded backcountry campsites. The Green River Reservoir (GRR) is like no other Vermont State Park. Unlike its well-developed and highly tended sister parks, the GRR is a wild, u

Woodward Mountain Trail :: Waterbury, VT

This is a high-elevation ski tour from the top of the Bolton Valley Ski Area down to the Little River State Park in Waterbury. The trail features excellent skiing and spectacular mountain views.

Falls of Lana Trail :: Green Mountain National Forest, VT

Falls of Lana Trail is a hiking trail in Addison County, Vermont. It is within Branbury State Park and Green Mountain National Forest. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 596 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.8 miles with a total elevatio

Mount Olga Trail :: Wilmington, VT

Mount Olga Trail is a hiking trail in Wilmington, Vermont. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,892 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 539 feet. The Molly Stark State Park Campsites camp site is near

Big Deer Mountain :: Marshfield, VT

Located in the 25,000-acre Groton State Forest, Big Deer Mountain and its surroundings providequiet, scenic hiking on moderate trails. With a number of interesting natural features and ample opportunity to enjoy wildlife, this public land area is a g

Deer Leap :: Pico Peak, VT

Deer Leap, a dramatic outcrop that rises above Sherburne Pass, is a popular destination for families. Most visitors opt for the shorter 2.2-mile round-trip that begins from Route 4. This longer, quieter, and more scenic trek includes an excursion thr

Rattlesnake Point and Falls of Lana Trail :: East Middlebury, VT

On this trip, you and your family will wander near the picturesque Falls of Lana (named for an army general, not a beautiful woman named Lana). You’ll climb steadily through pleasant woodlands and view Lake Dunmore, the surrounding hills, and far-off

Ledges Overlook Trail :: Townshend, VT

This is a short recreational trail to an outcrop high above Townshend Lake. Less than 2 miles from the entrance to Townshend State Park, the recreational facilities at Townshend Lake add a dash of luxury to hiker options. Maintained by the U.S. Army

Deer Leap Loop :: Woodstock, VT

This hike traces an old railroad grade through the scenic West River gorge. Start at the Salmon Hole at Jamaica State Park, site of a 1740s battle, then trace a travel route first used by Abenaki Indians. Later a rail line was blasted through the f

The Stone House of Robert Frost :: North Bennington, VT

Hike from the highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, at its oldest state preserve. Explore the memorial tower and visit the CCC-built lodge. Soak in the incredible views before striking out on the Appalachian Trail. Head northbound on the

Mount Ascutney :: Windsor, VT

Rising above geologically unrelated surrounding hills, Ascutney is a classic monadnock- style mountain that towers over the Connecticut River Valley. The sprawling peak formed 100 million years ago when hot magma pushed toward the Earth’s surface. It

Elmore Mountain and Balanced Rock Trail :: Morrisville, VT

Elmore State Park deserves a weekend rather than an afternoon, offering swimming on the sandy shore of Lake Elmore, picnic facilities, and a camping area at the base of the trail. (In addition to the main trail, a short nature trail loops around near

West River–Overlook Trail Loop :: Jamaica, VT

This loop follows the multiuse West River Trail for a mile along the West River, with informative signs along the way, and passes by some interesting rock formations in the river. The Overlook Trail climbs up over Little Ball Mountain to some sceni

Monroe, Dean, and Long Trails Circuit :: Huntington, VT

This is a long, scenic day hike to Camel’s Hump—Vermont’s highest pristine peak and a National Natural Landmark. Backcountry ponds, improbable peaks, ridgeline scrambles, gusty vistas, and gardens of alpine beauty are among the wealth of charms displ

Kettle Pond Trail :: Plainfield, VT

Water, so fascinating to children and so soothing to adults, is never far away on this hike around pristine Kettle Pond. The narrow trail winds along the gentle terrain of the pond’s northern side with frequent excursions to the water and then tracks

Quechee Gorge Trail :: White River Junction, VT

Crowded and touristy? Yes. Worth going anyway? Absolutely—especially if you can time your visit to avoid the heaviest crowds. You may not feel like you’re in the middle of wilderness, but this natural wonder of Vermont is a sight to behold. The gorge

Hamilton Falls Trail :: Jamaica, VT

Hamilton Falls lies within Jamaica State Park, an area with as much fascinating history as natural beauty. Because the West River helped to link the Connecticut River and Lake Champlain, it was a significant transportation route for Native Americans.

Osmore Pond and Big Deer Mountain :: Plainfield, VT

This nice, fairly flat loop hike takes you to the summit of Big Deer Mountain, which has fine views of Lake Groton and other mountains to the north, east, and south, and then along Osmore Pond, a beautiful small lake with shelters near the edge. At