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.

on Bingham Falls Trail

hiking
1 day 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
8 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Short hike. Nice waterfall

hiking
15 days 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.

hiking
15 days ago

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
28 days ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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