Best Backpacking in Vermont

This list represents the most popular backpacking in Vermont. Use this list to plan your next Vermont backpacking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Lye Brook Wilderness

    2 Reviews

    Manchester, VT

    The 18,000-acre Lye Brook Wilderness perches atop a high-elevation plateau in the southern Green Mountains. Its west front drops steeply into the broad marble valley of Manchester. Century-old ...
    •  2 Days
    •  14.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The 18,000-acre Lye Brook Wilderness perches atop a high-elevation plateau in the southern Green Mountains. Its west front ...

  • #2 Glastenbury Mountain Wilderness

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    Bennington, VT

    Deep in the southern Green Mountains, 3,748-foot Glastenbury Mountain rises above a vast sea of uninterrupted woodland. A fire tower crowns the summit, offering 360-degree views over some ...
    •  2 Days
    •  22.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Deep in the southern Green Mountains, 3,748-foot Glastenbury Mountain rises above a vast sea of uninterrupted woodland. ...

  • #3 Bourn Pond–Stratton Pond Loop

    1 Reviews

    Manchester, VT

    Overnight backpacking through a microburst area and past two ponds, followed by a long peaceful forest walk through Lye Brook Wilderness. The hike to Bourn Pond and Stratton Pond is an excellent ...
    •  2 to 3 days
    •  16.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Overnight backpacking through a microburst area and past two ponds, followed by a long peaceful forest walk through Lye Brook ...

  • #4 Breadloaf Wilderness

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    Middlebury, VT

    The Breadloaf Wilderness’s 25,000 acres include 27 miles of the Long Trail and a chain of rugged 3,000-foot peaks. Views are precious in this forested region, but the streams, forests, trails, ...
    •  1-2 Days
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The Breadloaf Wilderness’s 25,000 acres include 27 miles of the Long Trail and a chain of rugged 3,000-foot peaks. Views ...

  • #5 Mount Mansfield

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    Underhill Center, VT

    Mount Mansfield’s long alpine spine resembles a human face. He looks upward; the top of his head points south. His features are named promontories—the Forehead, the Nose, the Adam’s Apple—but ...
    •  1-3 Days
    •  10.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Mansfield’s long alpine spine resembles a human face. He looks upward; the top of his head points south. His features ...

  • #6 Camel's Hump State Park

    1 Reviews

    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 ...
    •  1-2 Days
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    A hump of solid stone composes the 4,083-foot summit, tufted with a small patch of alpine tundra. Expansive views sweep across ...

  • #7 Grafton, Townshend, Newfane, Brattleboro, Wilmington, Bennington, North Bennington, Manchester, & Dorset/East Rupert, VT

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    Brattleboro, VT

    This itinerary visits many towns and villages in southern Vermont. Grafton is a lovely village, restored beginning in 1963 by the Windham Foundation. Money earned by businesses in town is plowed ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    This itinerary visits many towns and villages in southern Vermont. Grafton is a lovely village, restored beginning in 1963 ...

  • #8 Mount Independence, Basin Harbor, Shelburne, Burlington, & Grand Isle, VT

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    Burlington, VT

    Mount Independence was once the site of an important Revolutionary War military compound. Today, remains include the blockhouse, gun batteries, a stockade, and a hospital. The visitors’ center ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Mount Independence was once the site of an important Revolutionary War military compound. Today, remains include the blockhouse, ...

  • #9 Sugarbush Valley, Plymouth, Ludlow, Weston, & Jamaica, VT

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    Plymouth, VT

    Route 100 is perhaps the most famous road in Vermont. It stretches all the way from Lake Mempremagog on the Canadian border to the Massachusetts border, following the spine of the Green Mountains ...
    •  One day to several days
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    Route 100 is perhaps the most famous road in Vermont. It stretches all the way from Lake Mempremagog on the Canadian border ...

  • #10 Killington/Pico, Woodstock, & Quechee, VT

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    Woodstock, VT

    Killington is by far the biggest ski area in New England, stretching 11 miles over seven peaks from West Bridgewater to the west side of the Sherburne Pass, and now including the Pico ski area. ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Killington is by far the biggest ski area in New England, stretching 11 miles over seven peaks from West Bridgewater to the ...

  • #11 Smuggler's Notch, Stowe, & Bolton Valley, VT

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    Stowe, VT

    Smugglers’ Notch ski terrain covers not one but three mountains: Morse at 2,250 feet, Sterling at 3,010 feet, and Madonna at 3,640 feet. The trails cover the whole spectrum of ability levels, ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Smugglers’ Notch ski terrain covers not one but three mountains: Morse at 2,250 feet, Sterling at 3,010 feet, and Madonna ...

  • #12 Rutland, Proctor, Pittsford, Ripton, & Middlebury, VT

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    Middlebury, VT

    Rutland, the second largest city in Vermont, was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. In the 1770s Rutland prospered as a frontier town, with both a gristmill and ...
    •  One day to several days
    •  Guide

    Rutland, the second largest city in Vermont, was chartered in 1761 by Governor Benning Wentworth of New Hampshire. In the ...

  • #13 Glastenbury Mountain

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    Bennington, VT

    Established in 2006, the 22,425-acre Glastenbury Wilderness highlights one of Vermont’s remotest areas. Its namesake mountain, while not in the wilderness, provides sweeping 360- degreeviews ...
    •  2–3 days
    •  22.2 miles
    •  Guide

    Established in 2006, the 22,425-acre Glastenbury Wilderness highlights one of Vermont’s remotest areas. Its namesake mountain, ...

  • #14 Stratton Pond and Mountain

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    Stratton Mountain, VT

    This classic hike includes the largest lake on the Long Trail and the summit where James P. Taylor first visualized its creation. In 1917, his dream came true and today Stratton Pond and Mountain ...
    •  9 hours/2 days
    •  13.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This classic hike includes the largest lake on the Long Trail and the summit where James P. Taylor first visualized its creation. ...