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Hiking in Vermont

The Best Views in the House

With 67 mountains statewide, there's no shortage of opportunities to explore Vermont's rugged terrain and take in one of our favorite views – the Green Mountains from a summit. April and May are Mud Season in Vermont, where hiking is discouraged on all high-elevation trails to give them a chance to dry out and firm up. If mountains aren't your speed, Vermont has a growing number of paths and rail trails, and hundreds of miles of back roads and country lanes that allow people of all skill levels to get out and enjoy the outdoors. No matter the trail of your choosing, help us keep the trails free and open to all by being a good trail steward and responsible hiker. This means planning ahead and taking caution to stay on the trail, especially in Vermont’s fragile alpine zones. The Green Mountain Club is the go-to resource for the state’s hiking options. Learn more about the state’s trail systems, including the 272-mile Long Trail, and find your perfect hike with dozens of suggestions. You can also join the adventure online.
Mountain Top Sunrise in Vermont

Green Mountain Club

GMC has been building and maintaining trails for over 100 years, including Vermont’s famous 272-mile Long Trail.

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Find a State Park

Vermont State Parks are a great place to enjoy the outdoors. Whether you're making camping reservations, deciding on a hike, or looking for more information, start at the park finder.

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Find Your Next Hike

TrailFinder's resources will inspire you for your next hike and point you to important information like closures, difficulty level and nearby services.

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5 Kid-Friendly Hikes

If you yearn for the beauty of the backcountry, but are not up for an epic day on the trail, there are many short hikes in Vermont that offer backcountry adventure with reward at the apex.

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Camping

Embrace Vermont's great outdoors. Camping in Vermont means nights under the stars, cozy campfires and the chance to forge tighter bonds and escape the everyday.

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PLAN AHEAD

Hiking season is right around the corner. Explore GMC’s guide to hiking the Long Trail – whether for one day or the entire 272 miles. Want to summit one of Vermont’s 4,000-footers, or find an accessible trail for the whole family? We’ve got you covered.

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Women’s History on the Long Trail

In 1927, the first trio of women through-hiked Vermont’s Long Trail, kicking off almost 100 years of women’s history on the trail. Inside, meet the Three Musketeers, the first female president of the Green Mountain Club, and more trailblazing women.

Hiking in the Fall

Off the Beaten Trail

Vermont’s trails can get a little packed as people come to explore the fall foliage views. Amy Potter of the Green Mountain Club shares alternate routes for those looking for a foliage hike this season.

Outdoor Fall Adventures in Vermont

GET OUTSIDE THIS FALL

Fall is one of the best times to enjoy Vermont’s outdoor offerings, with cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage views. From nature walks to foliage hikes, here are some great ways to enjoy the great outdoors in the fall.