The Beautiful Green Mountain state is home to Bernie Sanders, Skiing, Ben & Jerry ’s, and Maple syrup. From the gorgeous green mountains to the lakes, Vermont is an idyllic place to go on each season. Vermont stands out in comparison to other states because of the vast amount of outdoor activities it offers. I’m a hiking fan, I love waking up in early in the morning getting my backpack ready and going on a good hike with friends. While I was in Vermont in the summer I took some time to check out some of their trails, it never ceased to amaze me how beautiful and unique all of these places were. While talking to locals and tourist I learned of many hiking trails I could visit.
Here are some of the ones I heard the most about and the ones locals recommended the most!
1. Camel’s Hump Trail: Camel’s Hump is one of Vermont’s highest mountain peaks, and easily the most recognizable by its double-humped profile. This is one of the best hiking trails in the state. Almost everyone I met recommended the trip there. It’s no surprise why! The view from the top is incredible, so don’t forget to bring your camera. This trail offers many hiking routes. Be sure to research them to choose which one is more up to your speed and matches your interests. There are two trailheads—one in Duxbury and one in Huntington. Pro tip! Be sure you descend the right trail lest you find yourself on the opposite side of the mountain from your car. It happened to a couple we met and it did not sound fun at all!
2. Sterling Pond: My boss, a true Vermonter, recommended this trail to me. Funny enough it took me a few tries to find it. After a few attempts, being lied to by my GPS, ending up in someone’s backyard and constant bullying from my co-workers because I could not find the trail. I finally found Sterling Pond! (two weeks after but still) The trail is located near Jeffersonville, Vermont. To many, it’s incredibly easy to find. For me… I could not tell you how I got there because it was ¡un milagro! That’s all I can say about Sterling Pond! This trail is primarily used for hiking & dog walking. The trails is about 2 miles give or take. You will see all sorts of people there from families, people walking their dogs and lone hikers exercising. It can get pretty crowded. The view of the pond is beautiful, surrounded by forest and rocks. Be sure to bring snacks to have a little picnic while enjoying the scenery!
3. Mount Mansfield: Mount Mansfield is the highest peak in the state of Vermont and is located in Chittenden County within the Green Mountains. This is a trail best for seasoned hikers. Definitely not the kind of trail for when you are starting out. A fun fact about Mount Mansfield is that it’s one of two places in Vermont where Alpine Tundra can be found, the other place being Camels Hump. There are many trails up the mountain, the one I was told the most about was Sunset Ridge Trail. This trail is 3.3 miles and offers a beautiful scenery of the Green Mountain State. I was told that this trail has the best views of any trail that ascends the mountain. Be sure to check the weather forecast before going on this trail! It can get dangerous up there since so much of the trail is above the tree line.
4. Moss Glen Falls: Moss Glenn Falls: I am a sucker for a waterfall. You tell me there’s a waterfall and I will be there! no questions asked. I will find a way to see that waterfall! It’s sad how I am not joking about this. Moss Glen Falls is a beautiful 0.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont. The trail’s main feature is an imposing waterfall that takes your breath away. A cool thing about this trail is that it keeps going after the waterfall. If you keep going you will find yourself in the river on the top of the waterfall. You can climb the top rocks of the fall and see where it all begins. There are so many beautiful spots here that I became obsessed with this easy hike. My favorite part of the day was after hiking all morning we would stop in this amazing “snack shack” that offered over 100 options to choose from!
5. Bingham Fall Trail: I already told you about my love for waterfalls, so to end this post what other better feature for a trail to have that… a waterfall! Bingham Falls Trail is a 0.5 mile out and back trail located near Stowe, Vermont. This is an easy trail for all of those that just want a quick morning or afternoon trail while enjoying their time in Vermont. The falls are located in the property that is part of Mt Mansfield State Forest located off the east side of Upper Mountain Road. Be careful while hiking as the area is very steep and viewing points can be dangerous. Be sure to bring your bathing suit and a camera, because the fall is definitely stunning. What a better way to spend your time in the Vermont summer than to go swimming in their various waterfalls?
These 5 trails are only a very small taste of what the state of Vermont has to offer. Be sure to do your research for there are many many many things to discover. Don’t let Vermont’s small size fool you! Please remember to leave the trails better than you found them and to bask in the beauty the Green Mountain state has to offer!