Located in the US, the hiking in Vermont offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Vermont hiking based on popularity are considered to be Appalachian Trail, Long Trail, West Ridge Trail, Breadloaf Loop, and Metacomet-Monadnock Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Vermont hiking trail below.
The 270 mile Long Trail traverses the state from near North Adams (MA) in the south up to the northern terminus near North Troy. The white-blazed route follows jagged ridgelines of countless peaks, crosses many rivers and bogs, and passes through forest and field. From south to north, the trail starts gently then into the mountainous mid-section and ends in the remote northern hills with plenty of ravines, overlooks, forests and ridges along the way.
Northeast of Middlebury in the Green Mountain National Forest, the 21,000 acre Breadload Wilderness Area has 4 peaks over 3,500 feet and is moose/bear habitat. A great weekend backpack trip combines a stretch of the Long Trail with the Texas Falls Nature Trail, and the Cooley Glen/Emily Proctor Loop Trail.
The Metacomet-Monadnock Trail is a 117 mile foot path from Connecticut to Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire. It is maintained by the Berkshire chapter of the Appalachian Mountain club and other volunteers. The trail follows a corridor of elevated wildland from the basalt ridges of northern Connecticut clear through central Massachusetts to a dramatic finale on the craggy summit of 3,113-foot Mt Monadnock.
Near Bennington in the Green Mountain National Forest, a 19 mile loop on the northern section of the Long Trail runs through a heavily wooded region. It follows old road and passes through Split Rock with vistas of Maple Hill.
East of Montpelier, the 26,000 acre Groton State Forest has a vast network of hiking trails through rolling dense second growth forest. This is prime deer, black bear and moose habitat.