Hiking

  • Gifford Woods Natural Area (summer 802-775-5354), 0.5 mile north of Rt. 4 on Rt. 100, Killington. A 7-acre stand of virgin hardwoods (sugar maple, yellow birch, basswood, white ash, and hemlock). Trails lead up to Deer Leap Mountain and to the lovely waterfalls where Kent Brook enter Kent Pond. In winter, cross-country trails connect with Mountain Meadows. 
  • Deer Leap Trail, off Rt. 4 behind the Inn at Long Trail, is a popular short hike: a 45-minute one-way trek up a winding, moderately steep path that yields a southerly panoramic view from the top of a tall cliff. For a whole-day hike, you can continue along the Long Trail to Chittenden Reservoir or branch east at the Maine Junction onto the Appalachian Trail. This trail also connects with Gifford Woods State Park. Plant a car at the other end and be sure to bring a hiking map.
  • The Appalachian TrailLong Trail (greenmountainclub.org), accessed north and south from Rt. 4 in Killington, offer endless possibilities. For guided hikes check out Killington-based Appalachian Trail Adventures (888-855-8655; appalachiantrailadventures.com).
  • Killington Hiking Center (800-621-MTS; killington.com). The K-1 Express Gondola offers easy access to 50-plus miles of trails.
  • Bald Mountain, This 3-mile, three hour round trip hike is in Aiken State Forest, off Notch Rd. from Rt. 4 in Mendon. The blue-blazed circle trail beings just past the intersection with Wheelerville Rd.
  • Thundering Falls Trail, Killington. Off River Rd., a 900-foot boardwalk and path through floodplain and forest lead to a platform at the base of Thundering Falls, a sheer rock face with water pouring down it, part of the Appalachian Trail.
  • White Rocks Recreation Area, Rt. 140 off Rt. 7 in Wallingford. Follow signs from the White Rocks Picnic Area. The big feature here is a 2,600-foot, conical white peak surrounded by quartzite boulders that retain ice and snow into summer.
  • Delaware Hudson Rail Trail Poultney-Castleton. A rail trail enjoyed by hikers, snowmobilers, walkers, bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers. A guide is available from the Department of Forest and Parks in Pittsford.
  • Helen W. Buckner Memorial Preserve (802-229-4425) , West Haven. Hiking trails and nature exploration in this Nature Conservancy tract. Longtrail
  • Blue Ridge Trail
  • Killington Hiking Center at Killington Resort (802-422-6776)
  • Camp Plymouth State Park
  • Hawk’s Hill Demo Forest, 802-763-7684 Barnard, VT Trails, ponds, self guided nature trail