Green Mountains National Forest


This is quintessential New England countryside and if you're in the mood for strolling through the leafy trails of Vermont accompanied by beavers, moose and wild turkeys then it doesn't get any better than the Green Mountains National Forest. Featuring parts of the Appalachian Trail as well as the Long and the Robert Frost trails, there are numerous opportunities to get out and about on foot and with 8 official wilderness areas to be found within the Green Mountains it's no surprise that nature photographers will be in their absolute element. As several mountains that fall within Vermont weigh in at an elevation of over 4,000 feet, trekking above the ridge-line presents an excellent example of alpine tundra as well as some incredible views of the surrounding area.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Hiking the Applachian Trail

    The Appalachian Trail - following The Long Trail The Appalachian Trail overlaps the Long Trail in Vermont for approximately a third of its length and will take you over all of the state's major peaks, including Mansfield and Killington. As the oldest trail of its kind in America, the Long Trail threads its way through forests and across mountains for just over 270 miles and offers some fabulous views of New England's finest forests. This is an excellent chance for serious hikers to win their spurs and packing for every eventuality is always best practice.

  • Moose

    Wildlife A series of wildlife protection projects have resulted in the Green Mountains National Forest providing essential habitats for a rich variety of plant and animal life which remain relatively untouched within the natural wilderness. Black bears, moose, coyote and beaver can all be found along the Appalachian Trail section of the Green Mountains and keeping your eyes peeled for rustling foliage may well help you avoid a scare prior to a wild turkey or grouse dashing across your path.

When to go
Temperature chart - Green Mountains National Fores

As Vermont has a somewhat humid, almost continental climate you can expect reasonably warm weather as early as late May and early June which is good news if you're able to visit before the school holidays. Of course, as with any area of high elevation, the higher up you go the more changeable the conditions and packing for every eventuality is advisable even during the warmer summer months. June through to August sees the best of the temperatures however, it's often the autumn that draws the biggest crowds (especially at weekends) as the leafs change colour and the whole of the Green Mountains explode in a spectacular array of yellows, reds and oranges. Best advice is to visit during the spring or early September for clear days and less crowds although, the resplendent colour change of mid-October is often hard to resist.


Insider Tip: Fall Foliage
Fall foliage in Vermount

Vermont is as synonymous with leaf chasers as it is with maple syrup and as such you can expect to find a whole host of visitors around about the autumn time. Best advice for experiencing 'fall foliage' is to visit during the week so as to avoid the weekend rush and heading up above the ridge-line to see the spectacular display from a bird's eye view is simply breath-taking. Of course, if you don't mind sharing then just dive right in as there are plenty of opportunities to take a stroll under a colourful canopy from mid-September through to mid-October.



Tours that visit Green Mountains National Forest

  • APPALACHIAN & NEW ENGLAND WALK

    11 days | USA East | Camping

    Aug-Oct from

    Walking

    Perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails await you on this walking tour of North East USA. Explore the Appalachian Trail's valleys, peaks and thick forests with guided daily hikes, and then swap stories around the campfire on this invigorating walking holiday!

    SAVE UP TO 10% ON SELECTED DEPARTURES

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  • APPALACHIAN TRAIL WALK (HOTEL)

    10 days | USA East | Hotels

    Jun-Oct from

    Walking

    Explore the mountain ranges of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts on this walking adventure through Northeastern USA. With perfect fall foliage and idyllic trails, this lodging itinerary is a nature lover and photographers paradise!

    LATE BOOKING DEALS AVAILABLE - SAVE 30%

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