The great outdoors of Vermont are breathtaking, with their expansive green space and massive trees. We here at GetAway Vacations want you to have a blast exploring the long trail in Vermont. Around every bend there is something new to be discovered, from interesting wildlife to stunning flowers. No matter your skill level, you will be able to enjoy this Vermont jewel. Here are 5 reasons to explore the Long Trail in Vermont.
1. The History
The Green Mountain Club established the Long Trail between 1910 and 1930 by James P. Taylor. Taylor’s goal was to create America’s first long distance hiking path. Dating back to 1910, The Green Mountain Club has grown to 10,000 members and is statewide. Their goal is to maintain not only the Long Trail but also the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. Over 1,000 volunteers come out ever year to help manage more than 500 miles of hiking trail, 70 shelters and other sites. This makes the trails safe and more enjoyable for guests!
2. The Distance
This might seem like a different reason to want to hike the path, but one of the reasons to hike the Long Trail in Vermont is because it is the longest trail in America. The trail runs 272 miles through the state of Vermont, starting on the Massachusetts state line and running north to the Canadian border. It continues along the main ridge of the Green Mountains and then coincides with the Appalachian Trail for 100 miles in southern Vermont. Over 175 miles of side trails complete the Long Trail. The highest point in Vermont on the trail is at 4,393 feet elevation!
3. The Surroundings
Regarded as one of the nation’s most rugged distance trails, the Long Trail consists of various terrains, from steep, rocky, muddy, rooted areas to open meadows. Don’t let this fact stop you from hiking this beautiful trail and enjoying the stunning wooded areas. Throughout the trail the trees featured include maple, birch, beech, pine, hemlock, spruce, and balsam fir. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the beautiful scenery throughout the trail!
4. The Wildlife
Some of the most notable wildlife on the Long Trail includes black bears, beavers, foxes, whitetail deer, moose, porcupines, and peregrine falcons. Make sure to keep your eyes open as you are trekking across this trail that is filled with animals. Pack a camera to capture all the wildlife you might run into!
5. The Places to Stay
Your trip to the Long Trail Vermont isn’t complete without having the perfect place to stay! Make sure you have the best deal and a nice place in which to relax after hiking the trail. GetAway Vacations has plenty of fantastic rentals from which to choose, allowing you to find one that fits your needs. We’ve also put together a wonderful Vacation Guide full of tips and resources to help familiarize you with the area. This guide should definitely prove useful when you are planning what to do on your next trip to Vermont. Don’t hesitate to call if you need any help. Click here to start planning your trip to beautiful Vermont today!
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