Looking for a great trail in Giffords Woods State Forest Park, Vermont? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Giffords Woods State Forest Park ranging from 1.5 to 15.6 miles and from 1,207 to 2,746 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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With its location at the base of Killington and Pico peaks and close proximity to the Appalachian and Long trails, this park is a favorite of hikers. Many through-hikers pass the park on their Appalachian Trail journey from Georgia to Maine. The park is also a popular destination during the fall foliage season for its dramatic autumn colors. Established in 1931 when the state purchased 13 acres of land from Lee Pearsons, the park grew over the next two decades with a land donation from Walter K. Barrows and various land purchases. Mr. Barrows noticed that many passing motorists stopped at the spot to admire the large old trees growing on his property and decided that it should be protected by adding it to the newly established state park. Today, Gifford Woods contains one of the few old-growth hardwood tree stands remaining in Vermont. The stand has many grand-sized sugar maple, beech, yellow birch, white ash and hemlock. The understory is rich with native wildflowers. In 1978, seven acres of forest in this area was designated the Gifford Woods Natural Area. An additional 13 acres was designated as Gifford Woods National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1980 because of the exemplary quality of the old-growth forest. To preserve the natural state of the Natural Area, no trails or development of any kind is permitted. Development of Gifford Woods State Park began in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a nation-wide public works program created during the Great Depression of the 1930s to provide jobs and training for thousands of unemployed Americans. In 1933 and 1934, CCC crews constructed the park office and rangers quarters, picnic area, stone restroom building, trails, the park entrance and parking area. In 1939 the CCC constructed a camping area. A new section was added to the campground in 1959. The park continued to grow throughout the 20th Century, and reached its current size of 285 acres in 2003, when 171 non-contiguous acres were acquired from the Green Mountain Club to protect the Long Trail corridor. The town of Killington was chartered on July 7, 1761. Settlers to the Killington area were primarily subsistence farmers, raising crops and tending sheep in the valleys. Logging and milling were the prevalent industries in the area, with several saw and grist mills established. Tourism had its beginnings in Killington quite early. The first tourist resort at Killington was built in 1880, well before the region was developed as a ski resort. The original Summit House accommodated hikers and naturalists that came to Killington for the fantastic summit views. Most of the local families that remained in the area rented out boarding rooms to tourists, and a number of small inns and hotels were scattered around the town. There are 4 cabins, 22 tent/trailer sites and 20 lean-to sites situated in two camping loops. Each loop has a rest room with modern plumbing and hot showers ($). There is a trailer sanitary station, but no hookups. Fire and ice are available for sale. A wooded picnic area is located behind the ranger's quarters with a play area. Day hikes are available and there is an easy hook up with the Appalachian Trail.

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rocky
2 days ago

I live close and it’s one of my favorite places to hike. The view is great.

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rocky
3 days ago

Good trail for everyone, a little challenging in the front half, beautiful views at the end. Muddy spots sporadically throughout the trail.

Beautiful trail especially in autumn!

very rocky mostly uphill but the view is beautiful!

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muddy
6 days ago

Awesome trail, a lot of fun and easy enough for novices. Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a good time and that can climb around and up/down some rocks!

This was an amazing day hike for moderate strenuous level. It was lightly raining when we hiked so we had no view at the top and high winds. I didnt feel disappointed though because the trail was fun and engaging with lots of rocks and varying ups and downs. I may have gone on a really special day when the weather was slightly rainy and cool creating a beautiful fog inside the forest. Easier and quicker than the Killington Summit but I thought the terrain and atmosphere was more fun to hike in. (highly recommend both) There are a few different areas you can pick up this trail and hike to the Sherburne Pass overlook but we parked at McGraths Irish Pub at the Long Trail and the trail head was in the parking lot. As soon as you get on the trail you're going up and the rocky fun begins. Have some bearings of the trail before heading in, there are a few forks along the way and you want to know which way to take to the overlook. Went to Long Trail Brewing after the hike for an amazing lunch and beers. Great day!

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rocky
13 days ago

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rocky
13 days ago

This trail was well maintained and fit the moderately difficult rating, pretty okay on the knees! Even on a beautiful day like today, no crowds at all!

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rocky
27 days ago

Sept 15/19 hiked up this trail and down the Pico service road with my dog. I would rate as moderate, lots of roots/rocks during steepest last mile so you have to be careful with footing. The peak was socked in today with clouds, but had great views down on the service road. The 0.5 mile walk back along the highway sucks but otherwise a great loop. Saw a porcupine and lots of posted warnings about huge porcupine population on Pico so definitely keep dogs leashed! 1 hr 30 up Shelburne trail, 15 min break at top and 1 hr 30 down the longer service road. estimate 6.5-7 mi loop. moderate pace

We hiked this trail on 9/1/19 with our dog. We took Sherburne pass up picco. Then, we hiked down the service road, which afforded better views and tons of wild flowers. If you take this loop, you will have to hike about 1/2 a mile on the road to get to the original trailhead. The entire loop was about 7 miles and took about 3 and 1/2 hours.

Great view! We only spent half an hour chilling by the pond. But we saw people swimming, fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding there. If you don’t have your own kayak, you can rent one at 35 dollars for 2 hours, if I remember correctly. You may want to ask the staff in Base Camp Outfitters yourself.

Less harder than Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail. It took us under 4 hours to complete including several long rests.

This trail was beautiful! Great scenery. And can make it longer if you choose. Brought the kids and had a great time.

There are several ways to get to the Deer Leap Overlook. I parked in the parking lot at Gifford Woods, walked toward the campsites in the park and started on the AP/LT entrance just beyond campsite 10. It’s pretty much up until you get to the rocks and the view , but nothing crazy. And the view is really awesome. I had it all to myself for at least 20 minutes on a Thursday. Well marked and really interesting tree roots on the ground. Going down was a little tricky as it had rained day before and it was muddy and rocks slippery, but I took my time and no problem. I really liked this hike- a good workout without being too crazy with a payoff at the top!

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1 month ago

Nice short hike with a pretty view at the top . Quite rocky so I would recommend hiking boots rather than sneakers. Enjoy!

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1 month ago

I was looking for a quick hike to do and this was perfect. Lots of rocks and exposed roots to be tripped over so do watch your step. Views at the outlook were fantastic. Some parts were still a bit muddy, but nothing to be concerned about. The trail was well marked and there were a few signs to point you in the right direction. Definitely recommend if you’re looking to do something short, but still be rewarded with great views!

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rocky
1 month ago

Full disclosure, I work at Pico and grew up skiing/riding there. I did this trail in the dark before sun up to catch the sunrise. Crystal clear all night, and just as I get to the top, the wind picks up and the fog rolls in. I know the views are great at the top of Pico, cuz I’ve seen them many times, just not today! I did not find the trail difficult, it hits a ski trail called Summit Glade for a very short section. It also crosses a utility road and the connector road to Killington. I love this mountain, best kept secret in Vermont. Sshhhh.

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rocky
2 months ago

Attempted to get this trail done before it rained,no luck. It poured. I know it would have been beautiful as it is part of AT.

My favorite trail up here so far. At the top got to see the other peak we did (Pico peak). Bit muddy

Gentle/moderate incline first 80%. Then steeper. No central viewing point at the top. Some inactive ski lifts you can sit on

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