Vermont has earned the name sake of The Green Mountain state. With roots deep in respect and love for nature, you’ll find some of the most amazing trails and hiking paths throughout the entire state. Vermont offers most anything an outdoors oriented person could ask for; deep forests, rolling hills, stalwart mountains, all together creates an environment that seems above and beyond most experiences, you can even taste it on the wind.
Camel’s Hump State Park is an undeveloped state park named for it’s long stretching peak that resembles a camel’s back. For hundreds of years ski resorts, hotels, and communication tower companies have tried to get their hands on Camel’s Hump, and develop it. But due to a few keen people, the land stayed untouched, and finally with a legislation in 1969 the area was finally deemed a Forest Reserve and became Camel’s Hump State Park.
With numerous trails, ranging from easy to difficult in ability to traverse, Camel’s Hump is for novice families and for hardened hikers alike. You can take the main trail, leisurely, up to the 4,083 foot summit. From here you and your family can have a clean, crisp view of miles and miles of luscious untouched landscape. All trails in Camel’s Hump are woven and connected, allowing you to create your own type of hike, whether for a few hours or for the entire day. All trails increase in difficultly as you reach the summit, so it’s in your hands how hard, or easy, your day at Camel’s Hump can be.
Stratton Mountain is located in Southern Vermont and is the highest point on the Long Trail at 3,940 feet. It was at Stratton Mountain that the concept for a trail from Massachusetts to Canada was made, it was later called Long Trail (an interesting note : During the construction of Long Trail, the decision was made to construct another trail from Maine to Georgia, which became the 2,170 mile Appalachian Trail). Stratton Mountain is an easy hike of about 11 miles. It’s recommended to only hike it during the Spring, Summer, and Fall, as the ice and snow from Winter can make certain areas dangerous or impassable. On your hike you’ll find Stratton Pond. Stratton Pond is a large lake and depending on the season and time, there’s usually a lot to do in the area.
As you continue on your hike, you’ll find a Fire Tower at the top. From here you can see across miles and miles of trails, woods, and lakes. You’ll be able to see into New Hampshire and Massachusetts and, if the day is clear enough, even be able to see Killington Peak and the Coolidge Range, a great distance away. This 360 degree view really cements the idea of where you are, deep within tens of thousands of acres of wildlife, forests, and valleys. All of this area is beautifully maintained and monitored by a select few of devoted individuals.
Hiking in Vermont is a gift. Not only does Vermont hold so many unique and spanning landscapes, somehow all beset into one singular state, but the state holds people of such amazing passion and love for these landscapes that, since the 1800s, they have fought to keep these lands free and clean, untouched by development, so it can continue to be a testament to what nature should be. Vermont is more than just these two hiking trails and areas; Vermont is a tapestry of sought after trails, unexplored beauty, and unrivaled passion.