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.

Beautiful place to explore. Be sure to walk past main viewing area to find away across to the other side for more spectacular views and less people. You can find your way into the water for a swim and natural whirlpool.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy walk to a historic cabin. We went the extra distance to Bingham Falls, and there was a steep climb down, but it is definitely worth the effort - beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice trail, a little short if you just want a hike, but if you’re going swimming or cliff jumping, the falls are perfect. There are a few small rocks to jump off, but you can also jump the 30 foot cliffs above the falls. Bring towels because you will definitely want to dry off that cold water before hiking out.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy and flat hike, interesting plant life and the falls along the route are really lovely!

Nice, short hike, steep at points, but the falls are worth it. This trail is fairly popular, but there are other, less crowded cascades nearby that you can explore.

Great place to swim!

A more challenging, moderate hike. The first portion is very steep, then it escalates into more technical footing, rock walking, and stream crossing. An interesting and beautiful hike. Give yourself a little more time to complete this than you may have thought for 2.8 miles.

on Bingham Falls Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome waterfall with a lot of places for climbing and lounging in the river. View from the bottom of the falls is well worth the walk down. Of note, the steps down to the bottom are steep and can be slippery when wet and covered in leaves.

perfectly nice and easy hike. falls are lovely but not most impressive in the area. make sure you go to the bottom of the falls too. There is longer hike you can do from the falls

hiking
9 months ago

Short hike. Nice waterfall

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike with stairs cut into the steeper areas. The kids enjoyed walking in the water and climbing the rocks for a good hour after we got to the bottom. So did I.

Wonderful trail from base of Stowe to upper ski runs. Would rate it more challenging than moderate. Narrow trail through the woods and crossing water several times on the way up - much nicer than climbing a ski slope. Continuing up the ski trails and connect to the Long Trail. Beautiful views along the ridge in both directions. Great hike.

hiking
10 months ago

This hike is rated moderate, unfortunately I could find no definition. Given that most of the "trail" is a stream bed with lots of rocks and boulders that is not my definition of moderate. Especially when the last 1/2 mile is up the beginning of a downhill ski run which has a very steep pitch naturally. The hike is beautiful nonetheless with streams along nearly the whole way. After the trail ends you can turn right and follow the toll road for about 1/4 mile to the summit. Then make sure you head down another 1/4 mile path to right of visitors center so you can get full view looking west to Lake Champlain and beyond. The views east and west from the top or near top of this hike make the trip very worthwhile. Did this hike October 13, 2017.

Nice little trail. good view of falls to right down steep rocky trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous Waterfall!! Camped a 1/2 mile or so north of the Falls..nothing like crawling out of your tent and hiking down to the Falls on an early Sunday morning...not a soul around

well maintained trail with great views of the falls

10 months ago

Definitely more challenging than I anticipated, but enjoyed it either way.

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.

walking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

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
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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.

walking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

Monday, November 07, 2016

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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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

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!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Super relaxing path around town with beautiful views. Thru town, fields, near the quiet path, under a covered bridge... Just a great way to get around. Accessible to any and all!

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