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"Perhaps the most beautiful corner of Vermont." The New York Times

Guided Hikes and Walks in the Green Mountains of Vermont

Day Hiking Adventures — Explore Mountains, Woodlands and Streams



Smugglers' Notch Resort's guided hikes and walks in Vermont's lovely Green Mountains offer opportunities for family adventures as well as challenging outings for the most seasoned hiker.


We suggest that you choose your walk or hike based upon the degree of difficulty and duration of the outing. Our guided hiking program includes the following types of outings:


Walks - A 1 and 1/2 hour walk involving mild to moderate exercise. Considered the easiest in difficulty.

Wikes - A little longer in duration, up to 3 hours, and moderate to demanding exercise.

Hikes - The most physically demanding and longest in duration, typically 4 to 6 hours.


We invite you to help support stewardship of the trail network around Smugglers'. All of our hikes that extend beyond the boundaries of our own property must be registered with the Green Mountain Club in an effort to track the environmental impact on the trails. The Green Mountain Club works to protect and maintain the system of trails associated with the Long Trail, Vermont's border-to-border 273 mile hiking trail. As with many programs at Smugglers', stewardship of the land has always been a high management priority; therefore, we are encouraging each guest participating in one of the hikes outside of our own property to make a voluntary contribution to the Green Mountain Club at the time you sign up for the hike. The money collected over the course of the season is donated to the Green Mountain Club and used to support trail maintenance efforts on behalf of you, our guests. Dogs are not allowed on our guided walks, wikes & hikes.

Check out all the Guided Walking & Hiking:
All Walks, Wikes and Hikes are included in your FamilyFest or SimplySmuggs Vacation Package. Please note that advance sign-up is required for all hikes.

June 17 - September 5, 2016.

Family hike at Smugglers' Notch Resort


Morning Family Walk

Sunday, 10:00 am - Easiest

This walk will offer you and your family the opportunity to meet new friends. No better way to start your day!
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Forest Heritage Nature Wike
Sunday, 1:00 pm - Intermediate

Enjoy a taste of Vermont's local history as you explore the fields and forests surrounding Smugglers'. Find the black bear's favorite trees and discover signs of deer and moose.
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Stretch & Go 1
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 9:15 am - High Intermediate to Expert

Fitness on the go...What a jump start to your day! This fast paced, high intensity wike is everything you'd want in an early morning work out. Move in intervals of intense walking and conditioning while enjoying the great outdoors.
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Elmore Mountain Hike
Monday, 10:00 am - Intermediate

This hike will take you up to beautiful Elmore Mountain, overlooking Lake Elmore. Bring your swim suit for a dip in the lake when you're done. Ages 13 & older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
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Family Ties - River Walk
Monday, 10:00 am - Easiest

Explore the banks of the No Name Brook as it winds its way along the edge of the Village and learn about its impact on the surrounding woodland areas. A walk designed for families with young children.
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Smuggs Village Intro Wike
Monday, 10:00 am - Intermediate

If you have never been to Smugglers' before, or it's been a long time, then this is the wike for you. Round out your tour with a visit to our Smugglers' Living Machine and explore flower power in action.
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This 4-hour hike will take you to the top of Sterling Mountain to the highest trout pond in the state.
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Stretch & Go 2
Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 11:15 am - Easier to Intermediate

The same great exercise as Stretch & Go 1, just at a slower pace!
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Stretch & Go 3
Monday, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Easiest

Move in intervals of walking and conditioning while enjoying the great outdoors.
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Sterling Historical Wike
Monday, 1:00 pm - Intermediate

Interested in Vermont history and the ever changing landscape? Explore the Northern Forest on this historical wike and discover remnants of times past.
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Birds and Bloomers Walk
Tuesday, 8:00 am - Easiest

Bring your binoculars for this morning walk and learn to identify and recognize the sounds of birds of the Smugglers' area as well as wildflowers of our woods and meadows.
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Yoga Wike
Tuesday, 8:00 am - Intermediate

Warm your muscles on a moderate hike in preparation for outdoor yoga practice. Enjoy the calm peacefulness
of yoga in a beautiful, natural setting.
Ages 13 & older. $20 per person.
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Stroller & Go
Tuesday & Saturday, 8:30 am - Easiest

Join us with your little one in tow for a brisk fitness walk. Children must be in a trail capable stroller. Contact TREASURES at x1180 if you need a stroller. Meet at TREASURES child care. Ages 0-6
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Mt. Mansfield Hike
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9:00 am - Experts Only

The views on this 6-hour hike are worth the effort! When the summit is attained, views of New York, New Hampshire and Lake Champlain may be seen! Our most strenuous hike, so come prepared.

Tuesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - West via Sunset Ridge Trail - The openness of this trail offers a plethora of breathtaking views and a side trip to Cantilever Rock for the geologists of the group. Bring your camera!

Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm - East via The Long Trail - Our guides will find the best route for the day taking advantage of views and rarely hiked trails.

Ages 15 & older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Prospect Rock Hike
Tuesday, 10:00 am - Easy to Intermediate

Want to try hiking alone or as family, but not sure where to start? Join our skilled guides for a beginners hike. Hike the Long Trail to scenic Prospect Rock where you'll have great views of the Lamoille River Valley. Guests must provide their own transportation. Ages 7 & older, Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Family Ties - Discovery Walk
Tuesday, 10:00 am - Easiest

The focus is on fun and nature on this walk especially designed for our younger guests and their parents. Discover the Resort's littlest friends as you explore our backyard.
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Rum Runners' Hideaway & Beyond Wike
Tuesday & Saturday, 10:00 am - Intermediate

Discover Morse Mountain and its alpine "Hideaway" on this 3-hour excursion. With the majestic views of the surrounding forests and valleys, this wike will offer new perspectives on the beauty of Vermont.
Ages 7 & older
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Woodland Wildlife Nature Wike
Tuesday, 1:00 pm - Intermediate

Explore the Northern Forest for signs of your favorite animals. Discover how our woodland creatures survive the harsh Winters and the warm Summer sun.
Ages 7 & older
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Family Ties - Bears and Berries Wike
Wednesday, 10:00 am - Intermediate

What do they eat? Where do they live? What signs do they leave behind in the forest? A two-hour wike and the
bear facts for families with kids who want to know.
Ages 7 & older
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Sterling Pond Hike
Wednesday, 10:00 am - Intermediate

On this hike, a steep climb will take you to the top of Sterling Mountain to the highest trout pond in the state. Enjoy views of the Resort and the Lamoille River Valley as you descend Smugglers' ski trails.
Ages 13 & older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Stretch & Go Reprise
Wednesday, 11:45 am - Easier to Intermediate

The same great exercise as Stretch & Go 1, just at a slower pace! Join us Tuesday & Thursday when we'll be featuring Nordic Walking, a great new form of exercise using special poles for complete body toning.
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Vermont Maple Walk
Wednesday & Saturday, 1:00 pm - Easiest

Enjoy a leisurely walk through the woods while learning to identify the different types of maple trees and techniques involved in maple sugaring - a time honored Vermont tradition.
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Bootleggers' Basin Wike
Thursday, 10:00 am - Intermediate

Follow our guides to explore the natural beauty of Vermont at Smugglers' meadow reservoir. Wike the perimeter and enjoy some of the best views that the Resort has to offer.
Ages 7 & older
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Peak of the Week
Thursday, 10:00 am - High intermediate

Hike one of the beautiful mountain peaks of Northern Vermont on this five hour trek. It will be a guides choice on this day so be ready to visit places off the beaten path.
Ages 13 & older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
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Forest Investigation
Thursday 1:00 pm, Intermediate

Hike with your guides to investigate nearby forests. Along the way you will learn about the natural habitat around you and what creatures might call this area home. Meet at the Gazebo.
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High Peak Tour
Friday, 9:00 am - Expert

This hike will take you to a beautiful summit in the local area. This is one of our most difficult hikes so come prepared. It will be "guide's choice" on this day so be ready to visit places that are off the beaten path.
Ages 15 & older. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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Meadowlark Family Walk
Friday, 10:00 am - Easiest

Explore the Meadowlark trail as you venture into the mountains. Learn about bears and their natural habitat.
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Watermelon Walk
Friday, 1:00 pm - Easiest

One of our most popular walks, this lazy stroll through the local countryside has a "finish line" treat of fresh watermelon. Join us for this mouth watering event.
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