Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Vermont with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful and easy walking trail. We did 6 miles out and back (3 each way). It was a great recovery walk after doing The Long Trail to the Chin the day before.

Awesome trail! Many different types of mushrooms. Beautiful area. I was not able to find the Mine though. Does anyone know where it is located on the trail?

mountain biking
4 days ago

I loved it! The only flaw is that for me I had no idea where to turn around and the constant background noise. Other than that, it was incredible!!!!

5 days ago

If you've got friends or family visiting you in Vermont, Mount Philo is the perfect way to spend a few hours. A very easy mile each way gets you some great views of Lake Champlain and the surrounding areas. Very crowded in the summer, try to hike this one around 5 or 6 pm to catch the setting sun over Lake Champlain.

Amazing hike. The gentle climb goes through a variety of sugar lots and old farmlands. The view at the top is incredible. Nice log house at the top identifies the mtn peaks that you can see.

8 days ago

Nice family friendly hike. You can choose to stick to path or follow the paved road both up and down. Offers some beautiful views of Lake Champlain.

It was lovely in the woods, with a couple of nice vistas near the peak of Green Mtn. Continued toward Little Rock Pond, with a few more nice views along the way. Continued along the LT/AT south to complete the loop. Flat and lots of hikers headed out the 1.7 mi to the parking area. A nice hike.

10 days ago

enjoyed hiking here. we met so many people from different age groups. very nice view at the top and relaxing picnic spots. restroom area is also well maintained. in short worth the hike. and perfect for beginners!

Did the loop around the park and all the side loops to total about 4 miles. Hiked at a brisk pace, took me 1 hour 20 minutes to finish. I liked how the different species of trees had little signs at the beginning of the hike - I've never see Ironwood or Musclewood before. Cost $4 to enter and parking was good.

15 days ago

Perfect hike for beginners. Gives a challenge at the beginning, great view at the top and easy paved road on the way down. I would have preferred a wooded path the entire way but this hike was enjoyable. We passed many of all ages, 3 years to 70s. Some of the younger kids were complaining but our 8 year olds did great. The path was hard packed and steps were available in some areas.

A very enjoyable afternoon hike (about 90 minutes) with plenty to recommend it. We did a loop entering the trail head at Holden's Kiosk to the Pinnacle via Headwaters trail. The trails are very clearly marked and we'll maintained. There are posts along the trail that provide information about the vegetation, topography and interesting history of the area. Of special interest are the numerous stone fences the hiker crosses which were made by homesteaders hundreds of years ago for sheep farming, which is hard to believe given that they appear in the middle of the forest. the view at the pinnacle is quite spectacular.

17 days ago

We hike Mount Philo with our kids a few times a year and it is always a fun adventure!

We loved this gentle hike. We were greeted by friendly staff, the trails were very well taken care of and our dog loved the rock pet beach.

This is one of my favorite hikes! Been doing it since I was a little girl. The top is absolutely beautiful in both winter and the summer.

The view from the pinnacle is breathtaking. Cabin at the top for an overnight stay. Will definitely do this one again

great views and an easy hike. picnic area at the top.

nice moderate hike for senior citizen.

Great loop, did not see another soul on a cloudy but peaceful day. The overlooks off the beaten path are worth a detour off the carriage trails. The pond and spring pastures are beautiful. Great 4-5 mile hike.

25 days ago

First of all, it should be said that it rained much of our hike, which we knew was going to happen going into it. It may have been a five star hike otherwise... It’s a beautiful trail with lots of relaxing waterfalls and streams and it smelled like Christmas trees, which was great even in the rain. And, yes, it was a butt-kicker. The other reviewers got that right. But it’s not scary rock face, scrambling kind of hard (which is always what I envision when I see a trail rated as “hard”). It’s just the huffing, puffing kind of hard on the way up and sore knees kind of hard on the way down. I definitely will try it again when it’s nicer out and I can actually see something from the summit.

Amazing 360 view from the top. Could see many mountains we have hiked in New Hampshire and Vermont. There was a picture that listed the mountains on the observation tower. Hike was very doable for a couple experienced hikers. The only challenge is the continued steepness. There were some slippery rocks but nothing that couldn’t be handled. I’d say most people other than beginner hikers could complete the hike. Can’t speak for the other trails that take you up to the top but will definitely be visiting again.

Nice, wide looping trails through an aromatic, shadey cedar forest. Can get mosquito-ey at dusk in mid-summer.

1 month ago

Easy, short hike with beautiful views of 3 different Mountain Ranges. Be on the look out for the Fairy Town. My only complaint would be the road that leads up to the trail head is rough. Go slow if you value your car!

Easy hike. Enjoyed swimming in the bay half way through our hike which was on a very hot 95 degree day. Cost was $4 per person because it’s a state park. Great day.

1 month ago

Beautiful view, nicely maintained trail, kid friendly and high foot traffic. Wish it was a little less busy but it was a VT summer day, can’t expect to have the trail to ourselves. Was a great hike with the kiddo.

Definitely my new favorite approach to Mansfield. We did Sunset Ridge as our approach to Mount Mansfield, which stayed in the alpine zone for more than half the way up. We were able to see wonderful views of the Green Mountains on the way up including Camels Hump in the distance. The summit of Mansfield had wonderful views into Smugglers Notch and the Northern Green Mountains. We decided to take Subway and Canyons Trail to Hallway House rather than Long Trail. This brought us through epic caves an glacial features. Half Way House was very steep, definitely not meant for downhill hiking. All in all great hike.

My kids and I enjoyed this hike in the woods this morning. We did the loop trail. You can definitely tell it is meant for mountain bikers with several jumps and built up corners, however, my 11-year-old and 13-year-old really enjoyed running around those corners and jumping the jumps on foot. It was fun!

1 month ago

Hike is moderate to difficult. Plan for the day. Trail does not offer any views but panorama at the Summit makes it worth it! Lots of friendly dogs.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I had a little trouble finding the entrance to the MTB section but after that the trails were well marked and easy to follow. Beginner to intermediate is accurate IMO, a work out for this FL flats rider. Nice climbs, cool berms, jarring roots, fast downhills, and some fun man made structures along the trails. The maps with “you are here” were appreciated. FOTW has done an admirable job of maintaining this area. Dry, 3.3mi loop on a carbon 29” hard tail.

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