Great Fall Hikes in South Central Vermont

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Autumn’s colorful display of leaves is a great excuse to head to the Vermont countryside for a hike. We’re lucky to have so many great places to do that close to the Inn. The Appalachian Trail is just minutes away, and more treks are within a 45- minute drive. So grab your hiking boots and check these out.trail-sign

150 miles of the Appalachian Trail passes through Vermont. Guests will find the closest trailhead access near Woodstock. From here you can take the trail east, where it passes through White River Junction and crosses through Quechee. For an all-day hike, continue on to Hartford, for a total of 13.6 miles.

The Long Trail, a 272-mile route that goes from the border of Massachusetts to Canada, follows the spine of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Needless to say, the vistas are stunning. This is a great hike for those who like to work up a sweat and don’t mind a tougher trek.

For a hike that offers  path options, head to Mount Tom, a 1,250-foot peak in Woodstock. Here you’ll have two choices to the top. The longer and easier path approaches the mountain from behind. The quicker, well-worn route begins right in town and takes about 30 minutes to climb. Once to the top you’ll see the town spread out below.

For a truly stunning hike, it’s hard to beat Quechee Gorge, a 165-foot ravine in Quechee State Park with vistas that are breathtaking in autumn. The entire 4.5-mile trek begins and ends at the Visitor’s Center, and is easy hiking that offers waterfalls, meadows and woods.

We’ll be happy to give you directions for any of these hikes. If you’d like to pack a picnic, we can tell you the best places to go for supplies too. beck-firepace And when you return, you can tell us all about it while relaxing in front of the fire—with Beckett at your feet, of course!

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