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This month marks the 80th anniversary of the #AppalachianTrail, which passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. . With so many access points along its approximate 2,190-mile route, this trail is not only an excellent option for thru-hikers and section-hikers, but also day-hikers and those looking to escape into nature for a few hours. . To honor the Appalachian Trail, we have compiled a list state by state of some of our favorite day hikes along the AT. Check out this list for Vermont and help us celebrate the legacy and natural wonder of this trail!

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Adam Caron reviewed Pinnacle at Windmill Hill Loop
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HikingClosed

This was a great hike as a fat guy it kept me breathing on way up. The view at the top is great. The parking lot is closed for covid 19

View Adam's Recording

Great trail. When you get to the lookout at the top make sure to make your way to the edge for the best views. People were leaving without seeing the good views due to them being unaware.

View Eric's Recording
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Hiking

Stunning. Being a bathing suit to go swimming In the lake!

View Devi 's Recording

Awesome afternoon hike, AMAZING view. It's a steady uphill climb on very well defined trails. Challenging part is that it's uphill nearly all the way, but that's hiking. DEFINITELY worth the trip!!!

View Jeff's Recording

What is this? My daughter and I went to the trail today. Everything was good before I found this. I found it on my daughter‘s feet after she played in the water. This thing was red because it sucked blood. Any one knows what it is? See a picture in photos of the trail.

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Hiking

This trail doesn’t fuck around. As soon as you get on it straight up for almost a mile. It flattens out at the top and gives you a nice rest to the Summit. Great spot to sit and chill for a while at the top of the hill, and eat fresh raspberries and blackberries.

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Hiking

I recommend going this way, not the opposite direction so you can go down the rock scrambles from Green Mountain peak to the pond.

View Carissa's Recording
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Hiking

Great hike! I went in the morning before it got too hot and while there were others on the mountain it was not so crowded yet. Had a nice lunch on the summit, would definitely hike again.

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Hiking

Nice trail. Lovely views at the top. We went day after a storm so it was a little muddy. A stream and some small waterfalls along the way. Summit is a great spot for lunch once you get there. Overall a pretty easy walk. And the dog loved it!

View Agata's Recording

I found this to be a magical experience.... Going up the forest feels typically New England, tall green trees, moss, mushrooms, fern... yes a lot of flies... It’s beautiful, in a Grimm brothers fairy tale fashion. But once you reach the top and begin going down on the other side it changes completely! Shorter pine trees, pine cones, sunny, no more flies (around sunset in Aug)... the rocks, flora, smells.. everything made me feel like I am on the Aegean coast (which for me is home). Loved it and highly recommend it.

Evan DaCosta reviewed Lye Brook Trail to Stratton Pond
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BackpackingGreat!

First part of the trail was definitely tougher than the rest- I stopped at Bourn pond and stayed at the western campsite with a friend, and then went on to the Stratton campsite the next day. From there we caught the AT north to the William B Douglas shelter, and then back into town to the Lye Brook trailhead where we had parked. Great loop!

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HikingBugs

I loved this hike! We started on a Monday at 12:30pm and it took us 5:40 to finish it. The first 3.7mi up is a moderately-challenging ascent to the fire tower. Make sure you go on a clear day and climb to the top of the tower. Breathing taking view. I’m terrified of heights but it was worth it. The rest of the trail back down the mountain, with a quick stop at Stratton Pond, feels relatively easy. We did not encounter much mud like other hikers, must just be the dry season. We saw a few other hikers along the way, very light traffic. Trail is well marked and easy to follow. My gps logs 11.2 miles for the full loop back to the parking lot.

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HikingGreat!

Very steep out and back. Beautiful panoramic views at the top. Cool waterfall about half way. Make sure you take the blue trail to the cliff overlook from the white rock stacks. Keep going until you can sit on the rocks. Also on the way down look for the trail marker that takes you right instead of continuing straight on a different trail. We missed it and added a mile to our trip!

michele hight reviewed Pinnacle at Windmill Hill Loop
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HikingGreat!

This trail was amazing. Just the right distance for me and my pup. I loved the view. The shelter cabin is amazing. I'm going to go back and stay one night when it opens again. A very peaceful and fun hike.

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Hiking

I would say this is a super easy trail. We hiked 2 miles in and then went to the left- around the pond and then setup our camp. Gorgeous pond, super clear and warm water!! Great place to camp, no bear box however.

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The view at the top was great. We went when it had not rained in a few days and there were some muddy places. The side path marked “vista” is worth it! It is only 30 feet away. Also it is more like 6.5 miles.

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View Friederike's Recording

was hard but nice

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Hiking

We went later in the day. As the others have mentioned, the first 0.8 mile was pretty grueling. By the time we made it to the top it was around 6:40 PM. The view at the top was a little disappointing because the sun was shining directly in our eyes and made the view Kind of hard to enjoy. It would have made for a great sunset but it would’ve been impossible to get back down in the dark without killing yourself going down all the rocks. If you don’t like climbing up rocks, this may not be the trail for you. It was challenging but not quite worth the reward at the top.

View John's Recording
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BlowdownMuddyRocky

very fun trail! The ascent to the peak was difficult. Very rocky with some blow downs. In the summer time, the forrest is a fair bit cooler. This made it a nice get away from the 90 degree plus weather in New York. You will meet AT hikers later in the year and they are always a fun bunch to talk to if you are still getting into hiking. The view from the fire watch tower is incredible. plenty of water the first 3-5 miles but the stretch from the last pond to the summit is a little sparse. There is a shelter site about 15 minutes south of the fire watch tower with great camp spots and water.

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Hiking

Great hike! Last 0.3 miles on a Bromley ski trail. 360° views at the summit and can clearly see Stratton and Magic Mountain from the summit.

View Caitlin's Recording

Beautiful trail — soft pine and moss-lines trail. Creek at start, vista of mountains and valley at top. Good for a 3 hour walk.

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Hiking

Came out for a weekend hike to prep for the entire long trail next month. My god this place is beautiful. I had an incredible experience this weekend, I can only imagine how much more I’ll love it spending 2/2.5 weeks out here

View Richi's Recording

superb hike. very true to watch out for the turns as it is very easy to loose the blazes! enjoy!

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