Nature September 20, 2016
11 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In Vermont
Vermonters love to hike, and these 11 easy hikes in VT are perfect for everyone. Waterfalls, poetry, ghost towns and of course, breathtaking views, these unique treks have something special that can be enjoyed throughout the year. With crisper air and vibrant foliage rolling in, this is the perfect time to get out and explore all the beauty that Vermont has to offer.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Texas Falls, Hancock
The impressive waterfall makes this trail an extremely enjoyable hike through the Green Mountain National Forest. It's about a 1.2-mile loop that fun for the whole family.
2. Little River History Loop, Waterbury
Not only do you get a great hike within the Little River State Park, but you get a look into the past. That's right, there is a ghost town here! You will see stone walls, cemeteries, overgrown roads, foundations and more in this place that has so much to explore.
3. Black Creek and Maquam Creek Trails, Swanton
There are wonderful self guided trails within the 5,651-acre Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. During the peak of the fall migration, there may be as many as 22,000 ducks present in the refuge at one time.
4. Robert Frost Trail, Ripton
This wonderfully kept trail is about a mile long and you'll love the poems along the way. Some of Frost's most well-known poems, as well as others, inspire you along this leisurely hike. From the boardwalk over the water, to the wooded walk, to the beautiful open plain of wild blueberries - this path is great year-round. The kids love the tree climbing in the area, too.
5. Deer Leap Trail, Rutland
This hike is a bit more moderate due to the incline, but it's doable for beginners with determination. Lovely views to be had and plan for about an hour and a half for this journey which is well worth the effort.
6. Quechee Gorge, Quechee
Viewing this 170-foot gorge is impressive from above, but the trek down to the bottom is surprisingly easy. Plan for about an hour for this popular attraction.
7. Prospect Rock, Johnson
This short hike has amazing views including Whiteface Mountain and the Lamoille River. Before or after your hike, be sure to take a short walk in the woods to the east of the parking area for a look at Ithiel Falls, a class II rapids where the Lamoille River narrows between two steep cliffs.
8. Clarendon Gorge, Clarendon
This is an enjoyable hike along the long trail which crosses valleys, passes mountain ponds, and goes across a suspension bridge over the Clarendon Gorge. Check out this 30 second video from the bridge by kwijibo12345.
9. Owl's Head, Groton
Check out the spectacular views from just a 1/2-mile hike in the Groton State Forest! This hike is good for both adults and children and is also accessible in winter for year-round fun.
10. Mount Olga, Wilmington
Everyone loves a great view from a firetower, and the view from this 1.6-mile hike is sure to please in any season.
11. White Rocks/Ice Beds Trail, Wallingford
This relatively easy hike is about 2 miles and has views of the White Rocks Cliff and the "Ice Beds," where the ice from the winter flows into a chilly stream.
We love to hike, and there is nothing quite like the beautiful
scenic overlooks in Vermont.