Five Tips to Visit Vermont in the Spring
1. Dress in layers
A spring day in Vermont can dawn in the 30s, climb into the 50s, 60s, and sometimes 70s during the day, and once the sun sets over the mountains, temperatures can drop again. Outdoor conditions can also change with elevation, so you may feel warm as you stroll through the farmers market in the valley but need to grab another layer as you begin your journey up the mountain. These temperature fluctuations are great for maple sugar makers (they’re what trigger the sap flow in Vermont’s maples) but will make you want to pack layers as you spend your day outdoors.
2. Be Aware of Road Conditions
Another affectionate term for early spring in Vermont is mud season. As deeply settled frost begins to melt in layers, dirt roads can be difficult to traverse in your vehicle. Additionally, some roads, such as Route 108 through Smugglers Notch, close seasonally and may remain closed as the possibility of snow persists through spring. It’s a good idea to check planned routes to ensure all roads are open on your way and be prepared to choose a different route if you encounter deep mud. Maps are available at Vermont Welcome Centers and byways are paved routes where you can explore a lot of the state, stopping at historic downtowns, country stores, and scenic vistas.
3. Explore Paths and Trails Responsibly
Hiking and biking trails get muddy too and walking around wet areas can cause more damage. During early spring, hikers are asked to stay off trails as they firm up after snowmelt. Low-elevation hikes are safest for the land because they dry out faster. Explore paths and rail trails and find alternate hikes to do your part in protecting Vermont’s lands. Once trails begin to open, it is recommended to walk directly through wet areas to not expand the width of the path. read how to safely and respectfully access Vermont State Parks. Waterproof footwear with good traction is recommended for spring hikes.
4. Check Hours of Operation
Between ski season and summer, some Vermont businesses, including restaurants, lodging properties, and museums, may adjust their hours or close in the spring. If there’s a specific attraction you’d like to visit, it’s a good idea to check that it’s open this time of year.
5. Plan Ahead
The Vermont Department of Tourism offers plenty of resources for travelers planning a spring vacation. Explore our directory to find lodging, dining, and attractions in Vermont. Find inspiration, guides to various Vermont activities, and always-helpful road maps available to download as you explore Vermont’s federally designated scenic byways, back roads, and state highways.