Love the outdoors? You’ve come to the right place! Vermont offers thousands of year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to get off the beaten path in Mother Nature’s most pristine and beautiful places.
Vermont is one of the most fantastic places anywhere on earth to enjoy the outdoors.
Lots of folks come to Vermont in the winter for its many downhill and cross-country skiing opportunities. For skiers, summits like Mount Mansfield, Stratton Mountain, Killington Peak, Camel’s Hump and Jay Peak are a breath of heaven on earth.
But Vermont offers countless outdoor adventures every season of the year. Our rolling hills and mountains alternate with wide, flat fertile valleys, providing breathtaking vistas for hikers, bikers, and tourists passing through in their cars.
Covering more than 4.6 million acres, Vermont is 75 percent forested. This forested system is treasured by Vermonters for its wildlife habitats, scenic landscapes, opportunities to unwind and connect with nature, as well as a place for recreational fun. The Long Trail, the oldest long-distance trail in the United States, scales just about every mountaintop on its zigzag route through the length of Vermont and into Canada. The Appalachian Trail also winds its way through Vermont and coincides with the Long trail for 100 miles.
We welcome you to explore Vermont’s unique beauty all year long. Though I’m not about to tell you where my favorite swimming hole is, or where I’ve caught my biggest trout over the years, here are a few places I like to hike and bike.
Lyman's Top 5 Places To Get Outdoors In Vermont
1. Little Rock Pond - 4 miles (Danby)
You are never far from water on this section of the Appalachian/Long Trail. The trail has relatively little incline, so even younger children will enjoy this hike.
Be sure to have sturdy footwear, especially after a rain when mud can be an issue. Also, you can bring your pooch along, if kept on a leash.
2. Lye Brook Wilderness — 18,000+ acres
Most is above 2500 feet, on a high plateau with several ponds, bogs, and rocky streams as well as reflecting pools.
The terrain is a bit rocky, so wear good footwear and consider trekking poles or your walking stick. Test your ability to identify tracks of black bear, moose, deer, coyote, and bobcat.
Wallingford Pond — 1.6 miles (Wallingford)
This is a level, nice and easy walk on a woodland road that takes you to a good-sized marshy wilderness pond. Wear boots, especially after a rain, and keep your eyes peeled for loon, beaver, and moose.
Bring your fishing pole and a cooler, because I’ve heard there’s some nice fish caught there from time to time.
4. West River Trail – 36 miles (Brattleboro to Londonderry)
Once a railroad bed, this is now easy walking terrain with views of the pristine West River Valley at every turn. Hikers, bicyclists, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers will all enjoy this trail.
Access it at several locations, including the South Londonderry Depot, Winhall Campground, Ball Mountain Dam and the Brattleboro Marina, each a short, scenic drive from our store in Weston.
5. Burr & Burton Trail — 5.8 miles (Equinox Mountain, Manchester)
In the Green Mountain National Forest, the trail is accessed through the Burr and Burton Seminary parking lot on Seminary Avenue, behind the school and across the athletic field.
It’s steep and demanding, so be prepared with supportive footwear and poles. It’s worth every drop of sweat as you climb up Equinox Mountain, offering excellent views of New York State, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains.