Mountains in Vermont
Longest Recreational Path
Nestled between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, northwestern Vermont offers a wealth of recreation opportunities in all four seasons. Vermont’s ski mountains are very well known for providing great terrain for skiing and riding, and many also include Nordic centers with miles of trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Vermonters also explore the mountains via hiking trails in all seasons. The trails in Vermont are too many to list here, but our most famous one is the Long Trail, which traverses the state north-to-south.
In warmer weather, Lake Champlain and our many other smaller lakes provide a wealth of recreation opportunities. Boating is very popular, ranging from single-person kayaks to sailing to luxury boats, and stand up paddleboarding has become more and more well-liked. There are also lovely beaches and out-of-the-way watering holes where you can take a dip and enjoy the scenery.
Biking is also popular as both a form of transportation and a fun activity. Many roads in Vermont provide bike lanes, and there are numerous bike paths and rail trails including the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail and the Island Line Trail spanning from Burlington up to the Lake Champlain Islands (spoiler alert: there is a bike ferry involved!). This bike map is a great resource for the many roads, trails, and mountain bike areas across the state.
If your idea of fun is a little less adventurous, the area’s small cities and towns are very walkable and feature lovely parks where you can take it all in.