Some of the most wonderful places in Vermont are out in the boonies. These places are off the beaten path by flatlander’s standards, but to Vermonters, they are a little slice of heaven. Get away from the crowds for a while and check out some of these places that will get you away from the hustle and bustle.
1. Wilson Castle, Proctor
is a stunning nineteenth-century estate in Proctor. Built in 1867, the castle is now operated as a house museum and is open daily for tours until late October.
2. Allis State Park, Brookfield
Allis State Park was Vermont’s second developed state park, however it is one of the lesser known parks in Vermont today. The views from the fire tower at sunset (pictured) are absolutely unforgettable and you can drive up close.
3. Find the troll (not) under the bridge in Pomfret.
The small town of Pomfret has under 1,000 residents, and perhaps it's this troll on the South Pomfret Covered Bridge who keeps the crowds away...
4. Salmond Covered Bridge, Weatherford
Because they are often bypassed and on seldom used roads, many covered bridges can be a bit tricky to find. The Salmond Covered Bridge (circa 1880) in Weatherford has this handy guide.
5. Mt. Pisgah
Take a drive - and a hike - up Mt. Pisgah for some of the best secluded views in Vermont.
6. Knight’s Spider Web Farm, Williamstown
Only In Your State/Kristin Grimes
Have you been to the world’s “
original web site
?” Check out the spider web farm that turns webs into art by a guy with more stories than webs!
7. Path of life sculpture garden, Windsor
Located next to Great River Outfitters, a four season outdoor adventure company, the
Path of Life
Garden is a wonderful way to explore the cycle of life, enjoy natural beauty and cleanse your soul.
8. Texas Falls Recreation Area, Hancock
An easy trail leads to one of Vermont's prettiest cascades and best picnic spots. A must visit in Vermont.
9. Craftsbury Common
Craftsbury Common is a picturesque town located in the Northeast Kingdom, with rolling hills, white picket fences and family run farms. Take a trip to the town green and love life in the center of a classic and quintessential Vermont town.
10. Hubbard Park, Montpelier
Montpelier might be the state capital, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t spots where you can go and eel like you're in the boonies. Go explore nature and take in some breathtaking scenery from the top of a tower at
11. Green River Reservoir State Park, Hyde Park
Looking to get away from it all? Check out the Green River Reservoir State Park, Vermont’s most secluded park. The 653-acre reservoir has 19 miles of shoreline, one of the longest stretches of undeveloped shorelines in the state. There are 28 campsites throughout the banks which are remote and primitive, and can only be reached by paddling.
12. Museum of Everyday Life, Glover
This self-service museum, which is open 8 AM – 8 PM highlights things from, well, everyday life. See paperclips, dust and other daily items displayed like never before. Turn on the lights when you enter, and don’t forget to turn off the lights when you depart!
13. Moose Meadow Lodge Treehouse, Waterbury
14. Robert Frost Trail, Ripton
Take a quiet stroll while reading some of some of the famous works written by Robert Frost while he lived in Vermont. Go ahead, take the country road less travelled.