Best Trails of Vermont

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#1. Mount Mansfield-Sunset Ridge Trail


A classic ascent of a rocky ridge to the highest peak in Vermont.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Jericho, VT - Hiking - 6.6 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Mount Ascutney-Weathersfield Trail


A half-day hike to a challenging peak on Vermont’s eastern border.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Windsor, VT - Hiking - 5.8 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Lye Brook Wilderness


An overnight backpack to a wilderness pond, or a half-day hike to a plummeting falls. Overshadowed by the height of Stratton Mountain and the fame of Stratton Pond, this unheralded route through the h…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Manchester Center, VT - Hiking - 14.6 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Monroe, Dean, and Long Trails Circuit


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Huntington, VT - Hiking - 7.4 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Lincoln Gap - Appalachian Gap Trail


This hike is a peak-bagger’s dream, crossing at least four summits - Mount Abraham (elevation 4006 feet), Lincoln Peak (elevation 3972 feet), Mount Ellen (elevation 4083 feet), and General Stark Mount…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Warren, VT - Hiking - 11.6 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Killington Peak-Bucklin Trail


A five- to six-hour round-trip to the second highest summit in Vermont.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Mendon, VT - Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Haystack Mountain


A relaxing half-day family hike to a southern Green Mountain summit overlooking Haystack Pond.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Wilmington, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking - 4.8 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Burlington Bike Path: Urban Pedaling at Its Best


Here's a ride that is triply unique in this collection: It's almost entirely on an official bicycle path, it's an urban ride, and isn't a loop. It offers incredible views of Lake Champlain and the Ad…
From the guidebook "Short Bike Rides in Vermont"
Burlington, VT - Road Biking - 13.1 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view allBestRoad Biking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. 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 Mo…
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 Colorado Mountain Club Press

#10. Mount Hunger-Waterbury Trail


A vigorous half-day hike to the premier summit of the Worcester Range.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Waterbury Center, VT - Hiking - 3.8 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Mount Equinox-Blue Summit Trail


A vigorous, four- or five-hour round-trip climb to the highest summit in the Taconic Range.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Manchester, VT - Hiking - 6.8 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Mount Hunger Trail


When polling frequent hikers in the Stowe area, the unanimous “Must Do” hike is Mount Hunger, one of the primary peaks in the Worcester Range, because it is relatively short but with a dazzling view.…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Waterbury Center, VT - Hiking - 4.4 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#13. 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 Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#14. Quechee Gorge Trail


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…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine"
White River Junction, VT - Hiking - 1.2 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#15. Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail


This ride's general location is Castleton. Scenery includes a lovely perspective of rural Vermont's dairy farms, meadows, woods, and small towns. This abandoned D&H railroad bed has been improved and…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Vermont"
Castleton, VT - Mountain Biking - 18.5 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#16. Sadawga Pond


A floating island, loosely tethered by roots to the pond’s bottom, is a major feature of Sadawga Pond. Look for great blue heron and waterfowl among the rafts of aquatic vegetation.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Whitingham, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#17. Somerset Reservoir


This large reservoir is home to Vermont’s southernmost population of nesting loons. you should also look here for moose, black bear, mink, otter, and beaver.…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water New Hampshire and Vermont: Canoe & Kayak Guide"
Somerset and Stratton, VT - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Red Rocks Park


A short promenade along the shore of Lake Champlain.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
South Burlington, VT - Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing - 1.2 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. Gifford Woods State Park


From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Killington, VT - Campgrounds Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#20. Harriman Reservoir


This ride's general location is Wilmington. Scenery is wooded with occasional glimpses of Harriman Reservoir. The mellow, flat, wide railroad bed provides an excellent route for families and novices.…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike! Vermont"
Wilmington, VT - Mountain Biking - 15.5 miles Best Trail in VT - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press