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Perhaps the most beautiful corner of Vermont The New York Times

Hikes and Walks in the Green Mountains of Vermont

Take in spectacular views on a hike or walk

Spring in Vermont — there's nothing like it. What better way to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Green Mountains and rolling hills and their unfurling shades of green than to explore our unique corner of Vermont? Cresting at 2,162 feet is spectacular Smugglers' Notch Pass, notorious during Prohibition as a smuggling route from Canada. As part of the Mount Mansfield State Forest, home to some of Vermont's most majestic peaks, this untouched stretch of nature entices your exploring spirit. Discover ancient caverns, traverse well-explored trails, and simply breathe in its unbelievable beauty and spectacular scenery. Route 108 through the Notch generally opens to vehicular traffic in early May; until then the roadbed is open to recreational use.

Please note that Memorial Day weekend is the traditional opening of the Spring hiking season in Vermont, allowing trails time to dry out from Winter snows. The Green Mountain Club advises, "Higher elevation soils take longer to dry out, and their higher content of organic material slows the drying process. A trail may be dry at the trailhead, but it will get muddy if you climb very high this time of year. Trails at lower elevations, dirt roads, and recreation paths provide excellent opportunities for early Spring walking."

Feel free to explore on your own — we'll provide you with maps and directions for self-guided outings. Whether you choose a walk on one of our easier nature trails or a more vigorous, all-day hiking adventure, you're sure to find the perfect level of activity for yourself and your family. Many nearby trails include portions of the Long Trail, Vermont's 273 miles long border-to-border hiking trail.

Hiking is a great way to blend overall fitness with the exhilarating discovery of Vermont's finest features — wildlife, wildflowers and scenery that will stop you in your tracks.

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