The Green Mountain State lives up to its name to the delight of native hikers and visitors alike, offering everything from peaceful nature trails to rugged summit ascensions. If hiking is on your to-do list while you're in Vermont, consider taking one of the trails we've chosen as some of the best in the state based on recommendations from Trails.com and Vermont State Parks.
The 7-mile Bucklin Trail takes hikers through untouched woodlands past Brewers Brook to the summit of Killington Peak. From Vermont's 2nd highest peak you'll be treated to clear panoramic views of the surrounding Green Mountains as well as the Taconic Range, New Hampshire's White Mountains, and the Adirondacks of New York.
Sunset Ridge Trail
The moderately difficulty but totally rewarding ascension of Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, treats hikers to scenes of rare alpine plants and clear panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness. The Sunset Ridge Trail is a 6.6-mile out-and-back that takes hikers through the forests and rocky ridges of the Laramie Peak area, so experience is a must for this trek.
Appalachian Trail (VT Portion)
Hikers can explore 150 miles of the Appalachian Trail that cuts through six counties in southeastern Vermont. This portion of the AT follows the ridge of the Green Mountains across several peaks, including Killington Peak and Stratton Mountain, and through the Peru Peak, Lye Brook, and Glastenbury Wilderness areas.
The Weathersfield Trail is a 2.9-mile ascension of Mt. Ascutney, known for its granite outcrops, that takes hikers through the southwest portion of the Mt. Ascutney State Park. This trail takes hikers through a forest past several points of interest, including Little Cascade Falls, Crystal Cascade Falls, Gus' Lookout, and West Peak Vista, but the best views are from the summit's observation tower.
The Long Trail
The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance footpath in the nation, running through the heart of Vermont for 272 miles from the Canadian border along the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the Massachusetts state line. Called the state's “footpath in the wilderness,” the Long Trail offers hikers a wide array of landscapes to explore, including hardwood forests, alpine backcountry, and steep, rugged peaks.