Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forests
These pristine woodlands run 160 miles through the Green Mountain range, where peaks rise up to 4,000 feet. The Vermont portion of the forest’s 416,000 acres falls into two zones: the South Zone, which runs roughly from the Massachusetts border to Rutland, and the North Zone, from just north of Rutland to just south of Waitsfield. The 272-mile Long Trail, maintained by the Green Mountain Club, runs through both zones and continues north to Canada. The Appalachian Trail runs concurrently with the Long until just north of Killington, where it splits and heads eastward into New Hampshire. And the Robert Frost National Recreation Trail is an easy walk that begins on Route 125 in Ripton. You can also hike, mountain bike, and snowmobile along hundreds of other easy-to-difficult trails; several rivers, including the White River, are perfect for canoeing.
Of the six campgrounds, three in each zone, only Hapgood Pond in the South Zone has RV sites (no hookups). Several wilderness areas offer primitive camping, as well. Route 100 is one of several scenic roads that edges the forest and travels through charming and amenities-filled Vermont towns. Sugarbush (in Warren), Bromley (Peru), and Mount Snow (West Dover) ski resorts offer mountain biking in summer and downhill and cross-country skiing in winter. For more information, contact or stop by the forest supervisor’s office in Rutland; ranger stations in Manchester Center, Middlebury, and Rochester; or the Green Mountain Club in Waterbury Center.
231 N. Main St.
- Rutland, Vermont 05701
- 43.62558400, -772.97538700
- Supervisor’s office: daily 8--4:30.
- Visit Website
- (802) 747-6700