The Best Outdoor Activities in Vermont

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to the Camel's Hump Summit

Vermont / Monroe Trailhead

You'll begin your Monroe Trail hike at approximately 1500', parking in one of three designated gravel lots along Camel's Hump Road in Duxbury. This trail is 6.

Shannon Kalahan
242 Saves

Camp on Mount St. Catherine

Vermont / Deane's Nature Preserve

Looking for the best view in all of Poultney, Vermont? Look no further than Lake St. Catherine Mountain.

Tate Yoder
240 Saves

Hike Mt. Mansfield via the Long Trail

Vermont / Mt. Mansfield Long Trail Trailhead

There are several options to reach the summit of Mount Mansfield.

Shannon Kalahan
175 Saves

Camp at Quechee State Park

Vermont / Quechee State Park Campground

Located on the Ottauquechee River, Quechee State Park offers camping options right beside one of Vermont's most famous gorges—Quechee Gorge. The steel bridge that passes over the 165 ft.

Chris Mongeau
173 Saves

Hike to the Camel's Hump Summit via the Burrows Trail

Vermont / Burrows Trailhead

This adventure takes you up the Burrows Trail from the Huntington side of Camel's Hump. There are multiple trails to the summit, but this trail is the shortest. It is 2.

Nate Marshall
150 Saves

Explore Smugglers' Notch

Vermont / Smugglers' Notch

If you're in New England during September or early October, a drive up north into Vermont is an absolute must for prime fall foliage.

Chris Mongeau
146 Saves

Hike to Vermont's Sterling Pond

Vermont / Smugglers Notch

Sterling Pond trail begins across the street from a parking area on Route 108, about 3 miles south of Smugglers' Notch Resort.

Shannon Kalahan
138 Saves

Hike Mount Abraham and Mount Ellen

Vermont / Abraham and Ellen Trailhead

Starting the hike at the Lincoln Gap trailhead you will follow the Long Trail up and past the Battell Shelter. From the shelter it is 0.9 miles to the summit of Mount Abraham at 4017 feet.

Rebecca Nichols
91 Saves

Photograph Moss Glen Falls

Vermont / State Route 100 Pull-Off, Granville

While enjoying some of Vermont's most beautiful fall foliage along Route 100, be sure to stop and photograph Moss Glen Falls.

Lisa Groene
88 Saves

Hike to Bingham Falls

Vermont / Bingham Falls Trailhead

Hiking to Bingham Falls is rewarding for many reasons; people not only come to see the falls, but also to swim in the refreshing, icy cold swimming holes as well.

Lisa Groene
85 Saves

Hike the Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Vermont / Stowe Pinnacle Trail

Stowe Pinnacle Trail is a moderate workout with high reward. After a continual uphill climb, you will reach scenic views from the summit of the valley and Mt. Mansfield. Photo Credit: Patrick

Hike to Owl's Head Trail Overlook

Vermont / Owl's Head Trail, Groton State Forest

Starting at 1746 ft of elevation, this easy 3 mile hike (RT) pays off with a dramatic view of Lake Groton, Kettle Pond and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Shannon Kalahan
56 Saves

Hike 'The Merck'

Vermont / Merck Forest & Farmland Center

Of the 10 trails at The Merck, The Wildlife Trail is a great hike through the forest that offers you the best way to see wildlife, streams and tracks.

Will Russell
50 Saves

Hike to Killington Peak

Vermont / Bucklin Trail

The trail head (Bucklin Trail) is found a couple of miles up Wheelerville Road on the left. Wheerlerville is a dirt road that will be muddy in the spring and summer.

Court Findeisen
34 Saves

Hike to Elmore Mountain Fire Tower

Vermont / Elmore State Park Entrance

If hiking in off season when the park is closed, begin from the lower parking lot or the "day use area". If hiking while the park is open you can drive to the upper parking lot (subtract about 1.

Leah Joy
29 Saves

Drive the Molly Stark Byway

Vermont / Molly Stark Byway

The Molly Stark Byway is a 48-mile trip crossing Southern Vermont From Bennington to Brattleboro. Coming From New York you can started in Bennington. There are many sights along the way.

Rebecca Nichols
12 Saves

Hike Mt. Hunger

Vermont / Mt. Hunger Trailhead

Mt Hunger stands at 3540 ft and face Vermont's tallest mountain, Mt Mansfield.  At 45 min drive from Burlington, this is a challenging out and back hike.