Hiking the Green Mountain State


Vermont has more than 700 miles of hiking trails, an increasing number of park-like recreation paths, and hundreds of miles of back roads and country lanes that provide delightful walking routes. This enables people of all skill-levels to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the simplest way possible: by putting one foot in front of the other.

With trails for varying abilities and access to pristine places and expansive views, Vermont is a top-notch hiking destination. Two major hiking trails run along the spine of the Green Mountains. The Appalachian Trail (AT) and the Long Trail follow the same route from the state's southern border to Sherburne Pass, where the Appalachian Trail turns east to Maine and the Long Trail continues north. Vermont’s Long Trail is the nation’s oldest long distance hiking trail, stretching 272 miles from Massachusetts to the Canadian border; it is considered a must-do pilgrimage for avid hikers from across the nation. The Vermont section of the AT welcomes thru-hikers traveling 2,184 miles from Georgia north to Maine.

Access to these trails can be found from side trails, which are superb day hikes in themselves, or where the trails intersect at roads. Shelters for camping are spaced at convenient intervals along the journey. Additionally, state parks offer many more hiking options throughout the state, including Easy Hikes for the Whole Family. Hiking packages with lodging and guided tours are also available for those looking for a deal.

The Green Mountain Club is a primary resource for the state’s hiking options. With a mission to “make the Vermont mountains play a larger role in the life of the people,” the Green Mountain Club is a non-profit that not only keeps Vermont’s hiking trails open, but offers outdoor education, workshops, hiking guidebooks and pocket maps. For more information about hiking or to get maps and guidebooks, call the Green Mountain Club toll free at 877-484-5053. Drop by the club’s visitor center on Route 100 in Waterbury Center for a cup of coffee and some friendly hiking conversation.

Don't forget to research ways to stay safe during your next hike. Here's a checklist of hiker safety tips.

See you on the trail!
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Trail Maps & Guides

Having the most recent version of trail maps and guides is imperative to a safe and memorable hike. Be sure to stock up on information prior to your hike.


Hiking Packages

With trails for varying abilities and access to pristine places and expansive views, Vermont is a top-notch hiking destination.

Find a State Park

Find A Park

Whether you're making camping reservations, deciding on a hike or trying to find information on each park, start at the park finder.

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5 Easy Hikes with Kids

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 gentle backcountry adventure with a big reward at the apex.