Description - The Long Trail begins along the southern border at the Massachusetts state line in the Stamford Meadows Wildlife Management Area. Spectacular views and pristine New England towns characterize the scenery along the 265 mile northbound route. Over 175 miles of side trails offer shorter day hikes. Nearly 70 shelters accommodate backpackers. The trail is maintained by the Green Mountain Club, a nonprofit organization, where it is divided into segments for management and maintenance purposes.
- Designed as a long distance trail in 1910, the Long Trail offers 265 miles of mostly woodland path offering an opportunity to explore the superb public lands of Green Mountain National Forest, Daniel Webster Memorial State Historic Site, Gifford Woods Natural Area, Hapgood State Forest, Coolidge State Forest, Mt. Carmel State Forest, Breadloaf Wilderness Area, Camel's Hump State Forest, Camel's Hump State Park, Underhill State Park, Mt. Mansfield State Forest, Smuggler's Notch State Park, Long Trail State Forest and Jay State Forest.
Recreation - Trail amenities include: cold-water and warm water fishing, bird watching, rock scrambling, camping, backpacking, viewing scenery and visiting natural areas.
Overnight opportunities include over 70 shelters with public campsites provided at Mt. Mansfield Hostel, Gifford Woods State Park, Underhill State Park and Smuggler's Notch State Park.
Climate - Vermont's climate varies somewhat depending on region. Generally, the state experiences mild summers with temperatures rarely reaching 90 degrees F. Often summer lows will dip to 50 degrees and by late August temperatures begin to cool. The mountainous regions of the state have seen snow fall in every month, so be prepared for cooler temperatures.
Winters can be harsh and long in this northern state. Snow is likely to fall anytime between September and April. Humidity makes winter weather seem bitter and usually a few weeks during the winter see night time temperature below zero. The average winter temperature is 20 degrees F with highs reaching into the forties on warm days.
The trail begins along Massachusetts' state line in the Stamford area. It follows a northbound trek through the Green Mountain National Forest, reaching the Peru area, White Rocks Recreation Area, the popular Killington ski area, into Breadloaf Wilderness, through Mt. Mansfield and Long Trail State Forest to terminate at the Canadian border just north of SR 105.