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Manchester Ranger District
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Smugglers Notch State Park
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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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - 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.


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Contact Information:
Green Mountain Club, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road , Waterbury Center, VT, 05677, Phone: 802-244-7037, Fax: 802-244-5867

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Camel's Hump State Forest - Offering over 2,300 acres of land, Camel's Hump State Forest is well-known for its distinctive rocky summits. Fragile area alpine vegetation became protected by the Forest Reserve back in 1969.
Camel's Hump State Park - Over 23,000 acres comprise Camel's Hump State Park, an area that was heavily logged in the 1800's. Today the park has more than 5,000 acres of undisturbed alpine boreal forest of fir, spruce and paper birch.
Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
Coolidge State Forest - Coolidge State Forest is named for the 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933). Surrounding Coolidge's birthplace, this State Forest offers 18,511 acres for a variety of outdoor recreations.
Gifford Woods State Park - Gifford Woods State Park was established in 1931. In 1933 and 1934, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) built the picnic area and ranger's quarters. In 1939, the CCC constructed a camping area. During 1959-60, a new camping area was built by the Forests and Parks Department.
Green Mountain National Forest - Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest represents 50 percent of all public lands in Vermont. Its hills and mountains, ponds and brooks provide a recreation jewel.
Hapgood State Forest - Hapgood State Forest encompasses 118 acres of land in Green Mountain National Forest. The state parcel is leased to a private ski resort. Thirty-five trails of varying difficulty are offered. The Forest does offer access to the Appalachian Trail.
Jay State Forest - Jay State Forest encompasses 1,319 acres of land which the state leases to a private ski resort. The parcel of land is located just north of Long Trail State Forest offering an extension to the protected grounds for Long Trail hikers.
Long Trail State Forest - Long Trail State Forest is a long slender parcel located in northern Vermont near the Canadian border. The Forest encompasses 5,459 acres and is established as protected land for the Long Trail.
Manchester Ranger District - Located in the southern half of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Manchester Ranger District offers an array of outdoor activities for year-round enjoyment.
Middlebury / Rochester Ranger District - Middlebury / Rochester Ranger District is located in the central area of the state within Green Mountain National Forest. Year-round recreation opportunities abound including the very popular Long Trail which spans a distance of 53 miles.
Mt. Carmel State Forest - Located in the midst of the beautiful Green Mountain National Forest, Mt. Carmel State Forest offers 264 acres for hiking, hunting and cross-country skiing.
Mt. Mansfield State Forest - Mt. Mansfield is State Forest is Vermont's largest forest encompassing 37,242 acres. It is one of the state's favorite recreation areas lying west of the resort town of Stowe and stretching south to Duxbury and north to Cambridge.
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Smugglers Notch State Park - Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada, thus resulting in illegal trading through the narrow passage. Today the park serves as host to a number of alpine plant species while offering spectacular viewing to its visitors.
Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe Mountain Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the East. With 47 trails and skiing elevations nearly 4,000 feet high, this year-round resort offers 10 lifts, with an hourly capacity of over 12,000.
Underhill State Park - Underhill State Park is within Vermont's 34,000-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest. The park lies at the headwaters of Brown's River at an elevation of 2,000 feet.
Vermont - This state has a diverse geography that will satisfy every outdoor enthusiast in all seasons. The Green Mountains and Lake Champlain are two of the most obvious geographic features that support outdoor activities.

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