Welcome to Smugglers Notch State Park. The famous Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, the winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here. In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada. This was a severe hardship for northern Vermonters, since Montreal was closer than other markets in the US. Many local people continued illegal trade with Canada, herding cattle and carrying other goods through the Notch. Later, fugitive slaves used the Notch as an escape route to Canada. During the Prohibition years, liquor was smuggled from Canada over the improved road built in 1922. Smugglers Notch State Park was relocated in 2003. The new campground features sites that are further spread out, a new restroom facility that incorporates alternative energy and a location that gives easy access to Bingham Falls. All of the historic structures originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps were carefully relocated and restored, preserving the work of these pioneering conservationists.

It was nice but I was expecting more but it is great for all skill levels as well as biking and is strollerable and dog friendly but pooches must be leashed and clean up your scat. I was thinking there was more scenic stuff on this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Just a walk in the park. Nice stroll but not much of a hike nor are there views. A lot of bike traffic to maneuver around too. Not all bikers know the rules of the road so you need to be aware of them or may get knocked over or run into.

hiking
2 months ago

Had an absolute ball hiking this trail Saturday, May 27. The ascent was truly a moderate challenge, about an hour up keeping a good pace. And what a marvelous view from the top! Your hard work is well rewarded on this one. RECOMMENDED.

Some greenery, nice scenery with the mountains around, easy, but you're never far from the road, fact reminded by the constant traffic noise and the regular crossings. Nice for a daily run, less for a Sunday hike.

9 months ago

It was an easy walk. We did this walk in the beginning of November and it wasn't busy at all.

Fun and challenging trail. Quite steep in places. Could be marked a little better in spots.

mountain biking
11 months ago

walking
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love this trail. Beautiful and not very difficult.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Love this trail. Especially for the dog and family

camping
Sunday, July 03, 2016

This trail is great for beginners I thought it was a great time hiking and camping there

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Difficult for a first Trail but proud

on Haselton Trail

hiking
Thursday, October 08, 2015

It's a nice hike up to the ski resort from Smugglers Notch State Park camping sites. Not too difficult and was a great start to our day hike.

walking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

This walk is really enjoyable in any season, especially with dogs!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014