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Best Hiking Trails in Vermont – USA

Overview

Vermont, the Green Mountain state, has low altitude mountains to explore.  The main areas for hiking are Green Mountain National Forest, Camel’s Hump State Park, Mount Mansfield State Park, Jay State Park and Coolidge State Park. A beautiful state to visit in the fall when the colours change. The best months to hike in Vermont are June to October. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Vermont.

Capital: Montpelier

When To Hike in Vermont – USA?

June – October: Rainy during this time but July – September driest months.  October could have snow but also has fall foliage which is a big draw in Vermont
May: Could be muddy and there’s a lot of talk about ‘mud season’ in Vermont
November – April: Cold/snow
Climate: Humid continental – warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Vermont in general is a cold state. Pretty wet; Be mindful of mud season (spring) where trails are very muddy after the snows; don’t actually want hikers at that time cuz can cause soil erosion, etc. They specify trails to explore during mud season.

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy: Well-established trails with good maps available.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Vermont for hiking:

  • Stowe
  • Killington
  • Manchester
  • Bennington

 

 

 

Top Places to Hike in Vermont – USA

The Green Mountains run north to south through the centre of the state. There are state parks and national forests which have lots of hiking trails. The Appalachian Trail runs through Vermont. Highest Mountain: Mount Mansfield (1340 m).

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Vermont – USA's Long Distance Trails

Vermont – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

Vermont Hiking Books: 

  • Hiking the Green Mountains: A Guide to 40 of the Region’s Best Hiking Adventures, by Lisa Densmore Ballard, 2022, Falcon Guides
  • Explorer’s Guide 50 Hikes in Vermont (17th Edition), by Green Mountain Club, 2015, Countryman Press
  • AMC’s Best Day Hikes in Vermont: Four-Season Guide to 60 of the Best Trails in the Green Mountain State, by Jen Lamphere Roberts, 2018, Appalachian Mountain Club Books
  • Hiking Vermont: 60 of Vermont’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Larry Pletcher, 2008, Falcon Guides 
  • Moon New England Hiking: Best Hikes Plus Beer, Bites, and Campgrounds Nearby, 2020, Moon Guides
  • Day Hiking New England, by Jeffrey Romano, 2015, Mountaineers Books
  • Appalachian Trail Guide to New Hampshire-Vermont, by Cynthia Taylor-Miller, 2018, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

 

Vermont Hiking Associations/Clubs: lots of clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in Vermont:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Long Trail
  • Mount Mansfield
  • Mount Pisgah
  • Camel’s Hump
  • Stowe Pinnacle Trail
  • Mount Abraham
  • Sunset Ridge Trail
  • Mount Equinox
  • Killington Peak
  • Burrow’s Trail
  • Burnt Rock Mountain

Easy Hiking Trails in Vermont:

  • Hamilton Falls
  • Mount Olga

 

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What Else To Do

Other Important Points

  • New England states have mud season