Whether you live or play in Vermont, residents and visitors alike all seem to share a sense of adventure. Our beautiful state offers everything from skiing in the winter season to bungee jumping in the summer! While there are plenty of fun things to do, we highly recommend taking a hike. Picturesque mountain views and crisp New England air make each trek unforgettable. Here are some of our favorite Green Mountain hiking trails to explore.
Top 4 Green Mountain Hiking Trails
1. Hiking at Killington
Killington Adventure Center offers 15 miles of designated trails that venture to and from the mountain’s peak. These trails range in difficulty and length, making them suitable for a variety of ability levels. Easy trails are relatively short (under two miles) and only have a few pitches. Moderate trails are around three miles in length and climb continuously uphill, with few places to rest. Difficult trails tend to be longer than three miles and have steep vertical climbs exceeding 1,500 feet. Be sure to bring some water and a snack!
2. Mount Equinox Trail
Looking for a challenge? Try the difficult 6.6-mile Mount Equinox Trail in Green Mountain National Forest. Mount Equinox is the highest peak in the Taconic Range, but its gorgeous views are worth the uphill climb. You’ll even see a variety of beautiful wildflowers along the way. This trail is open year-round.
3. The Long Trail
The Long Trail is known as Vermont’s “footpath in the wilderness.” It’s the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States and follows the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line all the way to the Canadian border. With almost 400 miles of rugged terrain, streams, ponds, and hardwood forests, hikers will love this world-class trail.
4. Bucklin Trail
Panoramic views of the Green Mountains await on the Bucklin Trail. This 7.2-mile route goes straight up to Killington Peak and is moderately difficult. Start on the blue-blazed Bucklin Trail and follow it for 3.3 miles all the way to the junction with the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail. Turn right and follow the white-blazed LT/AT for just 0.1 mile, then turn left onto Killington Spur. This will take you to the summit. Once you reach the top, you’ll be able to see the Adirondacks in New York and the White Mountains in New Hampshire!
Pro Tip: The best time to hit any of the Green Mountain trails mentioned above is between May and October. Because of melting snow, mud can become worse on the trails in the early spring and fall.
Book Your Stay With GetAway Vacations
Now that you know about the best Green Mountain hiking trails, let us help you book your trip to Vermont! Our luxurious vacation rentals are located right here in Killington and have everything you need for a memorable getaway. Soak in your own private hot tub, curl up in front of the fireplace, or take a dip in the pool. Each of our accommodations provides peace and tranquility to help you rest up for another day of adventure. We look forward to having you!
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