How to Explore the Vermont Appalachian Trail

Winding from the snow-capped peaks of Maine to the blue mountains of Georgia, the Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, with over 150 miles of trails located inside the state of Vermont. Ranging from easy to challenging, these trails are characterized by Vermont’s dense, green forests and even coincide with sections of the Long Trail in Vermont, which was the first long-distance hiking trail in the United States. Just an hour away from GetAway Vacations, a trip to the Vermont Appalachian Trail is a must the next time you’re in the area! Here are some things you should know before heading out on an Appalachian adventure.

Spend a Day on the Vermont Appalachian Trail

Hiking

The Vermont Appalachian Trail follows the ridge of the southern Green Mountains and passes a variety of notable peaks like Stratton Mountain, Glastenbury Mountain, and Killington Peak. The trail also traverses the Green Mountain National Forest and enters Hanover, New Hampshire, as it crosses the Connecticut River. Killington is home to some of the most scenic areas of this trail, and with so much to see, we suggest consulting a guidebook and trail map to help lead you on your journey. You’ll be able to find shelters, scenic lookouts, and parking areas that will help you get the most out of your hike and will keep you from getting lost!

For those who don’t want to wander the trails alone, feel free to book a trip with Appalachian Trail Adventures. Their guides have over 20 years of experience and will lead you to all of the best features of the Vermont Appalachian Trail, including scenic mountain lookouts, waterfalls, and lakes, and will guarantee that you have an amazing hiking experience.

Driving

Of course, if you aren’t able to hike the Appalachian Trail, taking a road trip is another wonderful option. The trail’s driving route parallels the hiking trail and allows you to experience Vermont’s natural beauty without the sweat, bugs, or blisters! You’ll see everything from historic sites and picturesque towns to fascinating wildlife and rugged backcountry, and you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your car.

Green Mountain Club

The Green Mountain Club (GMC), also known as the Appalachian Mountain Club of Vermont, maintains the Vermont Appalachian Trail by collecting fees of $5 at the high-use campsites along the trail. To keep the trail in great condition, they ask hikers to leave no trace behind and to avoid the trail during the muddy season, which runs from April through May. The GMC and also provides a list of memorable places along the trail for you to explore, including:

  • Harmon Hill
  • Little Pond Lookout
  • Glastenbury Mountain
  • Spruce Peak
  • White Rocks Cliff
  • Thundering Falls
  • Lakota Lake Lookout
  • The Connecticut River

Come Home to GetAway Vacations!

Whether you choose to hike or drive the Vermont Appalachian Trail, be sure to book your stay at one of our Killington vacation rentals! With modern amenities including jacuzzi hot tubs, gas fireplaces, and sprawling mountain views, our beautiful homes can turn your rugged adventure into a luxurious Vermont getaway. We can’t wait to hear about where the trails take you!

For more information on the best Green Mountain hiking trails, download our free Killington vacation guide.

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