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Daytripping in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest

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An August 2005 trip to Vermont by funrun_9602

Appalacian Trail Photo, Manchester, Vermont More Photos
Quote: Southern Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest region is perfect for roadtripping. If you live anywhere in western MA, eastern upstate NY, NH, or VT, then you don't even need to spend a night in a hotel in order to escape for a day to this pristine, scenic region.

Daytripping in Vermont's Green Mountain National Forest

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Endless Rolling Hills Photo, Vermont, United States
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When in Vermont, a loosely planned drive is the best way to experience the greatness of the Green Mountains. If you see something intriguing (which you certainly will), you can’t properly enjoy it from 55 mph; you must take the time to stop and experience it all. Southern Vermont’s roads wind through a variety of ecological systems and elevations, helping to make this area one of the nation's premier destinations to see fall colors. In addition, many small towns dot the perimeter of the Green Mountains. Most of them offer handmade crafts, homemade foods, real antiques, and the sense of raw "pioneerism" that many other New England towns have lost to creeping commercialization. Thankfully, ...Read More

Stewart's Shop

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Restaurant | "Stewart's"

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I was initially drawn to Stewart's Shop because their gas was three cents cheaper than the cheapest gas I’d seen in weeks. I was also intrigued because the place looked old-fashioned (dusty wooden building) and the Stewart’s sign looked like the famous root beer label. But this is not a store for Stewart's old-fashioned root beer—forget root beer—this is Stewart's convenience store and ice-cream parlor, with prices that’ll take you back a decade or three. When was the last time you paid $0.99 for an ice-cream cone with a big ol’ scoop of creamy, premium ice cream? And extra sc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2005

Stewart's Shop
713 Main St.
Bennington, Vermont 05201
(802) 442-8992

Appalacian Trail

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Attraction | "Appalachian Trail: Harmon Hill"

Appalacian Trail Photo, Manchester, Vermont
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My prior hiking experience was… um, do paved park trails or a wooded backyard count? I’ll let you decide. I was not physically in shape like I was in high school. I’ve never owned hiking boots; I wore old running sneakers. I didn’t bring bug spray. I carried only a backpack with a water bottle, digital camera, iPod, cell phone (no signal), and the digital photo I had taken of the trailhead sign and map. I conquered Harmon Hill—well, I mean, I conquered the really steep incline part. I would do it again under the same circumstances. I am unscarred proof that an educated beginner can hike the Appalachian Trail at Harmon Hill in a few hours with minimal problems. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Appalacian Trail
Throughout Manchester
Manchester, Vermont

Emerald Lake State Park

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Emerald Lake State Park Photo, Vermont, United States
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As my new roommate and I drove into Vermont for the first time, I scoured a map in hopes of finding a scenic destination. We brought equipment for hiking and photography, so a public park with a water feature seemed ideal to me. The name "Emerald Lake State Park" sounded like what I was hoping for. Emerald Lake was situated in a narrow valley that hugged the highway, a stream, and a railroad track together. At the park gatehouse, a teenager told us to pay $5. We asked about activities, and he told us plenty of old marble quarrying and logging trails provided endless hiking, so we paid and took a trail map. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Emerald Lake State Park
65 Emerald Lake Lane
East Dorset, Vermont 05253
(802) 362-1655

Green Mountain National Forest

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Attraction

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Folklore, old history, Green Mountain men, fall leaves, lush greenery, and the sight of real mountains got a young Ohio girl daydreaming during history class about what the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) in Vermont would be like to visit. As a college student now, I can’t tell you with any certainty exactly what I learned about Vermont back then, but I can tell you that I never completely forgot that I dreamed of going there. After I moved to western Massachusetts for the summer of 2003, I realized that Vermont was now a mere hour’s drive away, and even better, the nearest place that I recog...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 15, 2005

Green Mountain National Forest

Southwestern Vermont

Equinox Skyline Drive Toll House

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Attraction | "Mount Equinox"

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How many places in the world can offer a view of five or more mountain ranges? I can't imagine there are many, but I know of at least one: Mount Equinox. On a clear day, the Green, White, Adirondack, Berkshire, and Taconic mountain ranges are within view. At an elevation of 3,848 feet, Mt. Equinox is the highest peak in the Taconic Mountain range, which defines the border between New York and Vermont. The summit is an easy drive (for a mountain road) on the longest privately owned paved toll road in the US—the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive. This 5.2-mile ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 6, 2005

Equinox Skyline Drive Toll House
Route 7a
Manchester, Vermont 05254
(802) 362-1115