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Vermont is teeming with cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains, enchanting forests, storybook woodlands, and more – it’s a nature lover’s paradise. While the state’s incredible hiking spots might be overshadowed by its neighbours of New Hampshire and New York, walking enthusiasts know that Vermont is a dreamy hiking location. It’s beautiful all year round, but it’s particularly stunning in the autumn when the foliage bursts into bright oranges and reds. That being said, there are a lot of walks to get through, so we’ve narrowed it down to seven of the best walks in Vermont.

Best Walks in Vermont

1. Camel’s Hump

Length: 5.7 miles
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Camel’s Hump is a rocky mountain, reaching the third highest summit in Vermont at just over 4,000 ft. Some argue that this is the best hike in the entire state and the views when you reach the summit are incredible. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the Adirondacks, New Hampshire’s White Mountains, and the Green Mountains. The reward doesn’t come without hard work, though. The start of the walk is a fairly gradual incline, but it does get steep and challenging in the rocky sections. Some scrambling is required, but the sense of accomplishment (and the post-hike drink!) will make it all worth it.

camel's hump in vermont

2. Bingham Falls

Length: 0.5 miles
Duration: 20 minutes

A beautiful and easy hike, Bingham Falls is the definition of short and sweet. You wander through the storybook forests, passing emerald fairy pools and magical cascades, before reaching Bingham Falls. The walk is short but we imagine you’ll want to spend time by the falls, enjoying a picnic with the wondrous view. And if it’s a warm day, there are plenty of swimming holes to take a dip. The water is fresh and crisp, but there’s nothing more energising than a cold swim!

3. Mount Mansfield via Sunset Ridge Trail

Length: 6 miles
Duration: 4 hours

Mount Mansfield is Vermont’s highest mountain, gaining an elevation of an eyewatering 4,396 ft. It’s one of the most beloved areas to hike in Vermont and there are plenty of trails to choose from, depending on your level. This is a fairly tough hike with a steep incline, but the views are nothing short of spectacular. Not only do the views make it worth it, but for 2 miles of the trail you walk along the ridge. If you’re afraid of heights, this might not be for you, but seasoned walkers will love it. Bear in mind that there is about a mile of scrambling towards the end, which is all part of the fun, but not for everyone.

mount mansfield vermont

4. Burton Island Loop Trail

Length: 2.4 miles
Duration: 45 minutes

Burton Island State Park is special because, as the name suggests, it’s on its own island. You do have to get a boat out to see it, but it’s a unique and beautiful way to spend the day. Plus, the ferry ride over is all part of the fun! This loop allows you to see the best of the island, with some wooded areas and some beautiful pebbled beaches. In the warmer months, be sure to bring your swimming costume as we’re sure you’ll want to take a dip in the clear waters. There are restaurants and cafes on the island to set you up for lunchtime, then you’re well energised to explore the beautiful island.

5. Cantilever Rock Trail

Length: 3 miles
Duration: 2 hours

One of the most unique walks in Vermont is the Cantilever Rock Trail. The trail is nice and shaded by tall forest trees, perfect for the warmer months, passing across wooden bridges, before reaching the main event, the Cantilever Rock. And even after the rock, the trail continues to a rocky summit, treating you to incredible mountain views. This is a beautifully scenic and interesting walk, ideal for if you want something different that doesn’t take up the whole day.

6. Mount Olga Trail

Length: 1.8 miles
Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Mount Olga is one of the most beloved spots for hiking in Vermont. This trail leads you to the summit of Mount Olga and once you get to the mountaintop, you’re met with a view of Vermont from a 2,418 ft elevation. For a hike that’s just under 2 miles, that’s pretty impressive! The views aren’t just saved for the summit, though – you can catch incredible vistas of the surrounding mountains throughout, and the famous tower overlook proves to be particularly special. Despite reaching lofty heights, the incline is nice and gradual, providing a good workout but still accessible for all levels.

mount olga vermont

7. Hamilton Falls

Length: 5.7 miles
Duration: 3 hours

There’s something so rewarding about being met with a waterfall at the end of a trail. This walk is fairly challenging with a steep incline towards the end of the trail, but the tumbling falls make it worth it. The journey itself is beautiful, too, traversing through forest areas, passing unique rock formations, along an old railroad, and the West River. Bear in mind that the trail can get slippy, be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

hamilton falls in vermont

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