Best trails in Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont

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Looking for a great trail in Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont? AllTrails has 102 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 50 moderate trails in Green Mountain National Forest ranging from 1.9 to 17.7 miles and from 597 to 4,068 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Green Mountain National Forest is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Located in Rutland Vermont, the park contains portions of both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail as well as other popular peaks and trails. The park is a popular destination in New England for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Highlights within Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest include Grout Pond Recreation Area, sections of the Appalachian and Long Trails, Little Rock Pond Trail, White Rocks Cliff Trail, and Thundering Falls. The most popular season to visit this park during autumn, as the park has a stunning display of fall foliage. The park is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including several bird species such as the peregrine falcon, as well as black bears, moose, and coyote.

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Map of trails in Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont
Park information
Acreage:
399,360 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Top trails (102)
#1 - Lye Brook Falls Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
The trail, marked with blue blazes, follows the Lye Brook Trail for just under 2 miles. At around the 1.8 mile mark, there is a spur trail to the right that leads to the falls. There will be a sign, though some have reported it can be misleading. Climbing around the falls is not recommended, as wet rocks can be very slippery.Show more
#2 - Killington Peak via Bucklin Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 34 m
This is a hike up to Killington Peak where there are far-reaching panoramic views to the Green Mountains of Vermont, the Adirondacks of New York, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The first two miles of the route are very easy with gradual incline, but the upper section before the summit becomes steep and difficult. The trailhead is accessible in the winter, but hikers should bring crampons, snowshoes or microspikes for traction on the upper half of the mountain.Show more
#3 - Haystack Mountain Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 5.0 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
#4 - Equinox Mountain and Lookout Rock
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
Being the highest mountain in the Taconic Range, the climb to the top of Equinox Mountain is steep and unrelenting. At the summit, you'll find a visitor's center and a monastery that can also be accessed by car. Lookout Rock is another two tenths of a mile from the summit, which has views of nearby Manchester Village, as well as a unique and beautiful marble bench. Show more
#5 - Mount Abraham via Long Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
#6 - Stratton Mountain via Long Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
#7 - White Rocks Recreation Area Trail via Long Trail (Appalachian Trail)
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 4.0 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#8 - Prospect Rock Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#9 - The Long Trail
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 272.0 mi • Est. Multi-day
Vermont’s Long Trail is the oldest long distance hiking trail in the United States. The trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts-Vermont state line to the Canadian border. Novice and expert alike will enjoy the varied terrain of the trail as it passes through the heart of Vermont. For more information visit: https://www.greenmountainclub.org/the-long-trail/Show more
#10 - Bald Mountain
Green Mountain National Forest
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 4 h 39 m
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