Killington, Vermont 05751Official Website
Birdwatching in Vermont, pp. 76-77.
If you are looking for a hiking hub in Vermont with an abundance of trails, swimming, camping, waterfalls, and amazing views, you really can’t beat the Killington area in central Vermont. At 4229 feet Killington Peak is the second-highest summit in Vermont and one of the 48 peaks above 4000 feet in New England. beautiful Killington hikes nearby.
Killington is located in Rutland County in the heart of the Green Mountains. The Appalachian Trail/Long Trail passes over Killington as a single footpath before splitting up near Willard Gap. From there, the Long Trail continues north to the Canadian border and the Appalachian Trail continues north to Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
There are some great mountain hikes around Killington with awesome views. The summit of Killington is obviously a highlight, but you’ll also get great views at the summit of Pico, Dear Leap, and Blue Ridge Mountain. If summiting a mountain isn’t at the top of your list, there are lots of easy Killington hikes as well.
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Vermont’s Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border. Built between 1910 and 1930, it was the vision of James P. Taylor and later became the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail. The Long Trail and Appalachian Trail share 100 miles of trail in the southern part of the state.
On the Long Trail, hikers encounter the best natural features Vermont has to offer, including pristine ponds, alpine sedges, hardwood forests, and swift streams. Known as the “footpath in the wilderness,” it is easy in a few sections and rugged in most. Steep inclines and plenty of mud present hikers with plenty of challenges.
As maintainer and protector of the Long Trail, the Green Mountain Club works in partnership with the Green Mountain National Forest, the State of Vermont, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and private landowners to offer a world-class hiking trail.
The Long Trail is truly the trail for everyone. Each year, hundreds of thru-hikers set out to complete the trail in one go, a journey that has been completed in under 5 days but typically takes multiple weeks. Section hikers tackle the trail in bursts, often completing the Long Trail over the course of many years.
Hikers who hike every mile of the Long Trail, whether in day trips, multi-day sections, or all at once, are called “End-to-Enders” and are eligible to register for inclusion in the GMC’s official records.
Most trail users are day hikers, who enjoy desired destinations as day trips without camping out on the trail.
The TrailFinder website has a description and map of hikes at Killington Peak.
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Wheelchair accessible trail
Last updated October 7, 2023