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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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Nicely marked trails. Hiked on Christmas Day. It was cold with some some wet and icy spots but studs made it easy. We look forward to returning.

This was a really fun hike!! Steady climb for the first portion of hike then it levels offf. On the fall day I hiked there were tons of warblers and thrushes. Harmon hill is a glorious place for a picnic on a nice sunny day!!

As everyone says, its muddy :) We did a lot of stone hopping, but had an amazing time. We wanted a shorter hike, so we didn't do the full hike (we just walked in two hours and back). It was beautiful and our dog loved the trail too!

My 4 year old daughter and I started out on the Keewaydin trail. After hiking for what felt like at least 2 hours. I could tell we were still no where close to the top. We passed the waterfall, then it started to get pretty steep. i have no clue how far up we made it. Next time i will have to use this app! We did not make it far enough to see the rock designs or any views at all. It was very muddy in some spots and slippery. Will try again after getting in better shape.

Our trek today was really muddy but the smell of pine trees along the way was really nice, and the view on top was was beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.

Really this would probably be 3 1/2 stars for me. This hike was pretty without much elevation but like another reviewer noted it is rocky! Once you cross over the creek that whole section of the trail is super rocky. I couldn't really enjoy my surroundings, because if you looked up while walking you'd twist an ankle. Our golden retriever had a rougher time then usual too with paw placement. A 2 mile hike to the pond should have taken our family of 4 around 40 minutes or less - we hike a lot. It took us over an hour to get to pond since it was slow going with the rocky path.

This is one of my new favorite hikes! I agree with other hikers here that this trail should be rated Moderate in place of Hard. Rocks were quite wet and trail very slippery in a few places; trail not as steep as was expecting. There is one marked path to the cascades (White blazed AT). There is another unmarked narrow path to the 30 ft high waterfall though more difficult to find in the fall as the leaves cover the trail. Make sure to take the blue blazed path on your right to the overlook! As of October 2018, there was a bee's nest under/within the rock outcropping at the last outlook spot of the cliff area. Saw a kestrel at the second to last overlook spot while eating lunch there. I would say the views are pretty spectacular.

Fall and this trail is everything. The views are amazing and if you are lucky enough to have a clear day, will be an awesome hike.

Misty, foggy day, but beautiful stream-side hike. Foliage was great.

This was a nice hike and you can see that at times of rain it could be very muddy. There was just a few spots that you had to navigate some mud but heck your hiking right? Don’t wear ballet shoes and you will be fine. At the top you can have a nice lunch on the lift platform. They were offering free rides on the gondola back and forth to the lodge.

Great Trail for all ages. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and layered clothing for the fall...overall a great adventure.

Pretty good hike although it was very muddy even though it hadn't rained in a few days. Made it in under 4 hours.

Great easy hike that my wife and I enjoyed with a great view at the Pinnacle of many area peaks. Very well marked and maintained, will do it again sometime soon...

Great hike. I would consider it a Moderate, not difficult. Group of us and 4 dogs did it with no problem. Nice view from the top!

Maybe I’m just super strong (lol) but I’d rate this as more of a moderate than a hard trail. The Appalachian trail part is definitely fairly easy, elevation change is gradual and the forest is beautiful. Lightly trafficked. Cross Rte 4 from the trail head to take AT North and when you get to Willard’s Gap, stay right to keep on the AT. The Deer Leap trail is steeper and more populated, and also... muddy! Hiking poles would come in handy for this section. The overlook is made up of some large rock faces, a great place to rest with amazing views.

Well kept with all the traffic back and forth. Great scenery from the Green Mountain.

Not to steep, perfect for us! Best hike I have been on in my life!

I found this trail to be difficult with the footing, stepping on and in between pointy rocks and numerous exposed tree roots for 85 percent of the journey, but I could have been having an off day for hiking too. The pond is definitely worth visiting. Seemed like a very remote place, with lots of AT/LT hikers passing through this time of year. It is very picturesque with dozens.of mini water cascades flowing among moss covered rocks. I also found lions mane (mushroom) here which was a pleasant surprise.

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing this trail; however, we ended up parking in the “picnic area” and starting on th3 keewaydin trail. There are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At the outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

Loved this hike! Originally had planned on doing all of the White Rocks Long Trail hike; however, we ended up parking in this “picnic area” and starting on this trail. I would say the hike is more moderate than difficult - there are a few steep areas, but overall not highly intense. Near the top there is a beautiful pine tree Forest that is truly majestic. There is also a “rock grave sight” with piles of stacked rocks. Once you reach this point, you should follow the blue path to the outlook. At he outlook, you’ll have to do some exploring to find the views. If you get all the way out, keep going to the right more - there is a beautiful outlook with nice areas to sit and enjoy the views! Very very beautiful and not too demanding!!

Had a great time breaking the loop into two half days. The climb up Stratton was a welcomed work out. We had a foggy afternoon so no views at the top. Great tent sites at the pond and lovely swimming too! The hike out was flat and easy which made it so we could enjoy the surroundings and each other’s company. This is a great route if you’re looking to get back into backpacking and/or if you’re looking for an enjoyable easy weekend. We recorded at between 12 and 13 miles round trip.

If you park at the White Rocks Recreational picnic area parking like previous reviewers suggested you start on the Keewaydin trail for a bit before hitting the White Rocks trail. There is a sign that shows it going up to the left (shares with the Long Trail). Then when you get to the White Rocks area the lookout is another .3 miles (blue trail down to the right). All together the trail ended up being a 5 mile hike, it was quite a climb too. I'm fairly new to hiking but over last 3 months I've hiked probably 15 hikes around this area with ratings of easy, moderate, and 2 hards. This trail is rated as moderate but I would rate it as moderate-hard. View was great from lookout and hike was a great workout.

Did the trail as described and would agree that it's Moderate though I recorded a GPS of 19.1km so around 12 miles. Ascent to Stratton Mountain isn't hard and navigation easy (by Welsh standards where I'm from) as trails well marked. Stratton Pond great place for lunch and top us around 6 hours at an easy pace

excellent hike with fantastic views. I recommend using Google Maps to search for directions to get to the parking area since AllTrails brings you to a random spot along the road. When you first enter the woods at the Keewaydin trail, there are a few paths which can be confusing. Take the trail to the right to begin the hike. The other tip I can give is that when you reach "Cairn City" turn right onto the blue trail to reach the overlook. many hikers miss this turn. Don't be alarmed by the amount of downhill walking at this point. It is generally a downhill walk to the overlook area. The waterfalls and streams are a nice addition to an already beautiful hike.

This actually is getting four instead of five yesterday because of the enormous amounts of mud. It took us almost 5 hours up the Peru trail because of having to cut around to avoid large swaths of the stuff, 6 inches deep in some spots. I’m only complaining because at one point while trying to jump from rock to rock, I fell....and ended up looking like Big Foot. The trail and wonderful 360 degree view at the top made it all worth it! Great, relatively easy...and I’m a whiner.

Awesome trail. Lots of AT through hikers, which is always fun.

We jogged this trail which had many stream crossings and gently meanders up to Bromley Skiway. It rained hard the night before so the trail was muddy but not terrible. We met some AT hikers at the top (there’s a small lodge) and checked out the surrounding mountain ranges that weren’t blocked by the clouds. It’s 6 miles round trip (out and back) and it took us almost 2 hours jogging most of the way with about 20 minutes spent at the top. It you’re in the area and are looking for a good hike that won’t take all day, I’d recommend it!

This was an easy hike - there were only a couple of spots that might be considered steep. It was raining on our hike so the rocks were slippery. The pond looked clear, and we saw a couple of loons.

Amazing hike. The gentle climb goes through a variety of sugar lots and old farmlands. The view at the top is incredible. Nice log house at the top identifies the mtn peaks that you can see.

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