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Hiking & Backpacking In Vermont
Day Hikes ,Overnights , Backpacking & Additional Resources

| GMNF Wilderness Areas & Vermont's Long Trail |

Hiking & Backpacking In Vermont
There's no place more beautiful to hike than in Vermont!  Nor is there a more pleasant place to hike.  During the warmer months you'll experience warm days, cool nights, crystal-clear skies, and plenty of sources for water!  During the winter we define it more as a "challenge".

Our famed 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest is not only a treasure for those who live here, but to all who visit it each year. Covering almost two-thirds of the state, the beauty of it is the main attraction. However, it also offers a great variety of recreational activities including camping, swimming, fishing, boating, x-country skiing, snowmobiling and the like. And, of course, it's the home of Vermont's famous Long Trail!

Although, as noted below, there are many other places in the state to hike, the most popular is along sections of our 265 mile Long Trail. Vemont's Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail are one throughout a major portion of the state. And you need not be traveling from Georgia to Maine on foot to enjoy them. They are perfectly suited for Day Hikes and Overnights provided you plan to hike a portion of the trail which is suited to your abilities. Ratings as to "degree of difficulty" other specific information, and access to detailed Maps and Guidebooks are located below.

The Green Mountain Club:
Anyone who sets foot on The Long Trail should visit this site, bookmark it, and consider membership. The Green Mountain Club has been maintaining and protecting Vermont's Long Trail since 1910!

Long Trail Camping, Fires & Overnight Sites:
There are about 70 Green Mountain Club overnight sites spread no more than a moderate day's hike apart along the Long Trail System. They range from fully enclosed lodges to three-sided lean-tos and tent sites. All sites, although primitive, have a water source (purity and reliability cannot be guaranteed) and privy. Availability is first come first serve. A moderate fee is charged at overnight sites with caretakers. Details

Wilderness Areas:


Long Trail Wilderness Areas & Long Trail Mountains & Elevations: Here you find some fascinating information about these areas, the special rules which apply to visiting these areas - and, the elevations of each mountain on The Long Trail and the distances between them.


Green Mountain National Forest Wilderness Areas:


Big Branch Wilderness - South-Central Vermont

[Includes White Rocks National Recreation Area]

Access just south of Rutland, Vermont


Breadloaf Wilderness Area - Central Vermont

Access from Middlebury or Lincoln, Vermont


Bristol Cliffs Wilderness Area - Northern Vermont

Access from West Lincoln, Vermont


George Aiken Wilderness Area - Northern Vermont

Access from east side of Burlington, Vermont


Lye Brook Wilderness - Southern Vermont

Near Stratton Pond and Wardsboro, Vermont


Peru Peak Wilderness - Southern Vermont

Access from Peru or Wallingford,


Green Mountain National Forest & Long Trail Maps:


Vermont's Long Trail Waterproof Map Shelter Locations & Day Hikes

Forest & Topographical Maps

Recommended Publications:


50 Hikes in Vermont: Walks, Hikes, and Overnights in the Green Mountain State, Sixth Edition


This definitive guide to hiking in Vermont has been completely revised and updated and includes six new hikes. In addition to covering the Green Mountains it now includes 6 more new hikes ranging throughout the state.


From gentle nature trails to rugged peak climbs, from remote fishing holes to historic ghost towns, from rushing waterfalls to rare peregrine falcon habitat, the Green Mountain State has much to offer hikers. This completely revised and updated sixth edition leads hikers up classic peaks like Camel's Hump, Mount Mansfield, and Mount Ascutney, as well as revealing many more lesser-known gems.


The hikes range in length from a half-mile stroll to a 22-mile backpacking trip. Each hike description includes a topographic map, mile-by-mile directions, and information on distance, difficulty, terrain, and hiking time. An overview chart makes it easy to pick a hike for every ability. And each hike description is enlivened by knowledgeable commentary on the area's geology, history, flora, and wildlife. 50 black & white photographs, 51 maps, index. ISBN: 0881503746


Green Mountain National Forest Ranger District Offices:

Manchester Ranger District

2538 Depot Street, Manchester Ctr, VT 05255

Telephone: 802-362-2307 Fax: 802-362-1251



Green Mountain National Forest

231 North Main Street, Rutland, Vermont 05701

Ph: 802-747-6700 Fax: 802-747-6766 TTY: 802-747-6765



Middlebury Ranger District

1007 Route 7 South, Middlebury, VT 05753

Telephone: 802-388-4362 Fax: 802-388-3842



Rochester Ranger District

99 Ranger Road, Rochester, VT 05767

Telephone: 802-767-4261 Fax: 802-767-4777



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