Mount Independence Trail is a 4.3 mile loop trail located near Orwell, Vermont that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 452 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

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wild flowers

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9 days ago

Nice area for a walk with the family. Great views!

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16 days ago

Absolutely Amazing!!!! I recommend it to everyone!!!

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muddy
1 month ago

If you’re into history you’re gonna love this place. The trails were well marked and were on the easy side. If you stay on the green trails right now you can have a very nice walk, but the blue and orange trails were incredibly muddy. Boots are a must.

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muddy
6 months ago

Nice trail system around a historic site with lots of Revolutionary War history. Plenty of signs explaining what happened where on the site, The trails are mostly flat, though you do drop down about 250 feet in total to go to the point on the lake. Some nice views of the lake, but no facilities available after Columbus Day and before May, as the visitors center is closed for the off season, The trails are still open year-round though. We walked about 4 miles from the parking lot to the point and back.

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7 months ago

This was a pleasant surprise! A gentle 4 mile loop hike with informative historical placards. There are multiple highlights, but for us it was the enormous rock outcropping upon which a bridge once stood and led over to Fort Ticonderoga, directly across from you. Woods, meadows, manicured grass, tons of giant cedars, hardwoods, and nice gravel paths mixed with dirt paths. Easy going. GREAT place to pack a lunch and sit on the shores of Lake Champlain. Only negative would be no height - you are mostly at lake level or just above. Also, please be sure to check in and pay your 5$ admission to help maintain this treasure!

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bugs
muddy
9 months ago

This was a fun, easy hike with some great views of lake Champlain. As others have noted, some parts of the Blue and Orange trails are muddy, so bring boots. The main loop trail, though, is crushed gravel and very easy to navigate. A nice way to spend the morning.

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bugs
9 months ago

Recommended for all levels. Mix of crushed stone educational walkway and natural forest / woods trails. Afternoon on a Saturday approx 90 degrees. Very little traffic. A few very scenic lookout points with posted billboards / markers explaining the area’s history. Museum on premises. There is a $5 fee per person to hike the trail.

Thu May 09 2019

Beautiful views of Lake Champlain looking over to Fort Ticonteroga.

Sun Oct 15 2017

Nice and easy walk around the site. One manageable incline with great historic markings and information. Only complaint, ticks. Our dogs were covered. Check yourselves and your animals well!

Thu May 26 2016

We hike these trails often as we live nearby. Trails are well maintained, it's still very muddy on the trails closest to the lake. Beautiful views!

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Thu May 05 2016

Took the blue trail out and returned on the orange. Very well maintained.

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Wed Apr 20 2016

Trails are clearly marked. Some are handicap accessible. Gorgeous views at the Northern end. Blue trail is muddy for large stretches.

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Sun Mar 13 2016

There are over six miles of trail at this historic site. The trails are well maintained and there are many interpretive signs along the trail. The hike is fairly flat, and there were many users on the trail on the Saturday we hiked. I rated this trail a five for it's historical significance and the quality of the trails.

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