Best Hiking in Vermont

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

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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)
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#2. Mount Ascutney-Weathersfield Trail


A half-day hike to a challenging peak on Vermont’s eastern border. Don’t be fooled by the lumpish profile of Mount Ascutney; this hike is more challenging than it looks. As you approach the base of th…
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)
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#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)
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#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)
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#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)
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#7. Haystack Mountain


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. Enscon…
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)
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#8. 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)
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#9. Mount Hunger-Waterbury Trail


A vigorous half-day hike to the premier summit of the Worcester Range. A popular trail, with 8,000 hikers each year, Mount Hunger boasts the most picturesque summit in the range of mountains with the…
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)
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#10. 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)
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#11. 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

#12. 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)
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#13. 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)
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#14. 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)
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#15. Mount Mansfield Trail


Just the fact that Mount Mansfield is the tallest peak in Vermont makes it a magnet for hikers. About 40,000 people make it to the top of this landmark each year, so it is wisest to take your turn mid…
From the guidebook "Best Hikes with Dogs: New Hampshire & Vermont"
Underhill, VT - Hiking - 6.8 miles
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Merck Forest and Farmland Center


Day hikes or family backpacks through a community-supported environmental education center.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Rupert, VT - Hiking - 3.7 miles
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#17. Spruce Mountain


Superb family hikes to remarkable views are rare in the east-central portion of the state—a rambunctious region of low summits that fill a widening gap between the Green Mountains and the Connecticut…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Montpelier, VT - Hiking - 4.3 miles
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#18. Stratton Mountain and Stratton Pond


A classic day hike to fire tower views and waterfront walks on a wild pond’s shore; lean-tos and tent platforms offer overnight options.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Stratton, VT - Hiking - 11.8 miles
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#19. Stowe Pinnacle


A recreational climb to a scenic peak overlooking the Stowe Valley. The most popular hike in the lower Worchester Range, with 11,000 visitors annually. Nearly 800 feet lower than Mount Hunger, Stowe P…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Stowe, VT - Hiking - 2.8 miles
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#20. Jay Peak


A half-day hike to the northernmost Green Mountain peak. There’s no mistaking Jay Peak, the most northerly Green Mountain summit, which rises in splendid isolation just 6.0 miles south of Canada’s bor…
From the guidebook "Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Jay, VT - Hiking - 3.4 miles
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