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.

hiking
9 days 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
11 days 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

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
2 months 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
3 months ago

hiking
3 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.