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From steep mountain treks to leisure family walks, the Northeast Kingdom’s diverse trail systems welcome hikers of all ages and abilities. Enjoy stunning scenery with panoramic views, crisp mountain air, and an abundance of wildlife and nature. Lace up your boots, fill up your water bottle and getNEKed on the trails of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.
EASY, MODERATE: Enjoy a forested walk or riverside stroll just outside of the downtown district. St. Johnsbury Town Forest features 2.9 miles of easy to moderate trails through coniferous and hardwood forest along the Moose River and Logging Road.
EASY: Set on 150 acres of private mountaintop land, Dog Mountain offers year-round hiking trails and dog ponds featuring beautiful wildflowers in the summer months. After your hike, check out the Stephen Huneck Art Gallery and the infamous Dog Chapel
EASY, MODERATE: Explore 4.9 miles of hand-built swooping trails open to hikers and mountain bikers. If you’re hungry, fill your pockets with some raspberries and blackberries for a little snack. In the winter, try skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking on the forest’s old woods roads, named Hawkes Loop and Darling Loop on trail signs.
MODERATE: Journey to the fire tower on the summit of Burke Mountain for an outstanding view of Willoughby Gap and the Northeast Kingdom. Burke Mountain offers two lean-to shelters for hikers looking to spend the night. The Toll Road is a 3-mile paved road that leads all the way to the summit, connecting to a short ADA-accessible trail from the upper parking lot.
MODERATE, ADVANCED: For a more challenging hike, take Long Pond Trail (2 miles) or Mad Brook Trail (3 miles) up to the summit of Bald Mountain. From the summit fire tower, catch views of Lake Willoughby, Seymour Lake, Lake Memphremagog, the Green Mountains, and the White Mountains. Be sure to check out the newly restored shelter at the summit.
EASY, MODERATE: Enjoy a stroll through Northwood Stewardship Center’s 1.4 mile network of interpretive walking trails. Learn about the ecological history of the landscape and the story behind the Lang family homestead. In the winter, enjoy 17 miles of groomed and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing trails.
MODERATE, ADVANCED: For an immersive experience in a working forest, traverse 20 miles from Island Pond to Lewis Pond Overlook in Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge. Along the way, you’ll ascend and descend Bluff, Middle, and Gore Mountains. The Kingdom Heritage Trail opened in 2019 after 20 years of collaboration and hardwork, and is protected by easement as part of the conservation of 132,000 acres of forestland formerly owned by Champion International Paper
MODERATE: Take the 1.2 mile Bluff Mountain CommunityTrail to the summit for views of Burke Mountain and East Mountain.
EASY: Enjoy a quick pit stop off of Four Mile Road for views of one of Vermont’s most significant black spruce woodland bogs, containing one of the largest populations of bog sedge. The bog is named after Mollie Beattie, the first female Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The 200-foot boardwalk is wheelchair accessible.
EASY: Stannard Pond Peak takes you around Greensboro Bend, along a 3.3 mile trail perfect for an afternoon walk and spotting wildlife.
MODERATE: Perry Holbrook Memorial State Park features a 2.1 mile network of trails passing alongside three ponds. Stop for a snack at the Long Pond lean-to shelter or venture to the top of Big Rock Hill.
MODERATE: Hike 1.1 miles to the top of Big Deer Mountain for excellent views of the surrounding Groton State Forest. On your descent, connect to the 2.4 mile Osmore Pond Loop Trail to extend your hike and enjoy a picnic at one of several shoreline lean-to shelters.
MODERATE: Journey 1.8 miles to the summit of Owls Head Mountain and enjoy a scenic vista of Lake Groton, Kettle Pond, and the Green Mountains. Owls Head is a popular hike, consider visiting on weekdays or exploring other hikes in Groton State Forest such as Big Deer Mountain and Kettle Pond.
EASY: Walk or run 3.1 miles around the parameter of Kettle Pond, take a paddle, or relax at one of six lean-to shelters.
ADVANCED: Follow the Long Trail for a rigorous 1.7 mile climb up to the summit of Jay Peak for views of Champlain Valley, Quebec, and the Northeast Kingdom. Or enjoy a ride on the aerial tram during the summer.
MODERATE, ADVANCED: Take one of three trails for a 4.9 to 8.8 mile hike to the summit of Belvidere Mountain. From the fire tower, catch outstanding views of Camel’s Hump, Big Jay, and Jay Peak.
MODERATE, ADVANCED: Take one of three trails in the 5.4 mile network to the summit of Mount Hor for unbeatable views of Lake Willoughby and Mount Pisgah. In the summer, consider taking a dip in Lake Willoughby to cool off. In the winter, explore the CCC Road Trail for an intermediate ski.
EASY: For a quick excursion, take the 0.6 mile trail to Wheeler Pond. Extend your visit by camping out at Hadsel-Mares Camp located along the shore or by hiking 2.2 miles to the top of Wheeler Mountain.