Vermont hiking includes beautiful and diverse trail systems like the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail that give panoramic vistas, varied terrain, alpine streams and plenty of wildlife.

Vermont Hiking & Backpack Trails

Here are eight of the most popular woodland hikes and trails to explore:

Mount Mansfield

Mount Mansfield includes the stunning Sunset Ridge Trail, which is about 6.4 miles in length and provides a rocky ascent to reach the highest peak in the state of Vermont.

Great attractions in the local region include rare flowers and plants.

Camel’s Hump

The combined Camel’s Hump, Forestry, Dean, and Long Trails Loop make up a highly scenic day-hike in the region of Waterbury, Vermont.

This hike stretches 7.3 miles and gives the opportunity to admire the pristine peaks. Great features of this hiking trail are the rare alpine vegetation and summit views.

Appalachian Trail: Glastenbury Mountain

A preferred hike for the more experienced outdoors person is the Appalachian Trail: Glastenbury Mountain trail that stretches almost 22.5 miles.

This part of the Appalachian Trail is situated near Shaftsbury, VT and has a beautiful wilderness in a quite remote area. The rating for this hike is difficult for the many opportunities to climb using the hands.

Plus, there are several great camp sites to stop at on the way to Glastenbury Mountain.

Weathersfield Trail

A challenging day-hike is certain to be experienced at Weatherfield Trail, which stretches 4.2 miles and is given a difficult rating.

It is situated near Perkinsville, Vermont and is a popular destination for trail running, snowshoeing, and hiking, and is popular year-round.

This is a dog-friendly trial, but the dogs must be kept on leash.

Lye Brook Wilderness

The easy to moderate hike at the Lye Brook Wilderness is situated near Manchester Center, VT and gives a perfect chance to venture on a day-hike to the plummeting falls and admire the wilderness pond.

Great attractions in the region include the waterfalls, wetlands, and wildlife. This hike is about 4 miles and is available to the hiker’s from March to November.

Bucklin Trail, Killington

Buckling Trail at 7 miles in length gives a perfect opportunity to hike to the top of Killington Peak, which is the second highest summit in the state.

On arriving at the peak it is possible to admire the White Mountain of New Hampshire, the Adirondacks of New York, and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

This hiking trail can be quite strenuous to complete, but is well worth the adventure for the great nature and spectacular views.

Haystack Mountain

Haystack Mountain is a relaxing day-hike that stretches 4 miles and has a difficulty rating of moderate. It is situated near Wilmington, Vermont and gives the opportunity to hike to the Green Mountain summit and admire the beautiful surrounding landscape.

Appalachian Trail: Killington to Woodstock

The Appalachian Trail (Killington to Woodstock) is about 21.4 miles in length and is given an intermediate to difficult rating and provide a perfect hike that includes the glorious exposed peak of Killington.