Outdoor Recreation


A person snowshoes by moonlight wearing a headlamp.
A child, wearing snowshoes, smiles at the camera while laying on their chest in the snow.

Snowshoeing in Vermont

Venture into serene winter landscapes, where the soft crunch of snow beneath your snowshoes becomes a rhythmic soundtrack to the sights of great outdoors. Whether traversing well-groomed trails during the day or venturing by moonlight with the glow of a headlamp, the quietude of snow-covered woods creates an enveloping sense of tranquility. You can even snowshoe to a cozy cabin in the woods, complete with a crackling fireplace. Beyond the modern enjoyment of the sport, snowshoeing carries a rich indigenous history, connecting enthusiasts to the ancestral roots of this practical and graceful method of winter travel used by Indigenous people for centuries. Whether you choose self-guided trails or a guided tour, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views, fresh air and invigorating exercise.

The Abenaki developed teardrop-shaped snowshoes made of ash and rawhide, called “ogenal”.

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Green Mountain Club

Snowshoes can make some parts of a winter day hike in Vermont more accessible. From wider paths like Smugglers Notch Road, closed to traffic in the winter, to summiting Vermont’s 4,000-footers, like Camel’s Hump. The Green Mountain Club provides trail recommendations and safety tips to get the most out of your outing.

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