Vermont Region Descriptions

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VT - Northwest   

Northwestern Vermont is bordered by Lake Champlain to the west and the 270-mile Long Trail runs through the eastern section.

On the shores of Lake Champlain is Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. This 6,300-acre preserve is characterized by marsh, open water, and wooded swamps. It's a great spot to view migratory waterfowl. Several other natural areas along Lake Champlain allow for easy strolling while providing beautiful outlooks.

For more challenging climbing, check out Mount Mansfield which is Vermont's highest peak at 4,393 feet. The Long Trail traverses this summit as well as Whiteface Mountain (3,714') before transitioning to mostly lower elevations as it travels north. Although the mountains are less lofty, there are still plenty of ups and downs to be tackled.

Jay Peak (3,861'), near the northern terminus of the Long Trail is only a few miles from the Canadian border. It offers panoramas of vast wilderness and mountains, including of course, views into Canada.

Boundaries:   North of Rt. 2. West of Rt. 100 and I-91.

Map of Vermont regions and highways (map by Webmaster) VT - Northwest region VT - Northeast region VT - Central West region VT - Central East region VT - Southern region VT - Northeast   

Northeastern Vermont is commonly referred to as the Northeast Kingdom. This region is dominated by vast forests, numerous scattered mountains and hills, and plentiful lakes. You can find anything from steep mountain ascents with wonderful vistas to flat trails running through wilderness areas providing opportunities for spotting various wildlife including moose, deer, and birds.

Mount Pisgah (2,751') and Mount Hor (2648') rise steeply above Lake Willoughby and have long-ranging views touching upon peaks located in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Canada.

Mount Hunger (3,539') offers panoramic views after completing a challenging climb. To find excellent views with less effort, the nearby Stowe Pinnacle (2,651') is a good choice.

Nature rambles can be found at Brighton State Park and Wenlock Wildlife Management Area.

Boundaries:   North of Rt. 2. East of Rt. 100 and I-91.

VT - Central West   

The Central West region is partially bordered by Lake Champlain to the west and the rugged section of the Green Mountains runs up the eastern portion of this area.

The Long Trail runs over the Green Mountains clambering over tough terrain to reach the gorgeous vistas attainable from Camel's Hump (4083') and the Monroe Skyline. The Monroe Skyline passes over six peaks with many outlooks along the way including Mount Abraham (4006') and Lincoln Peak (3975') which both give 360-degree views.

In the western section is rolling hill country with many hikes looking out to Lake Champlain. The areas around Lake Bomoseen and Lake Dunmore offer many options for scenic hikes.

Boundaries:   South of Rt. 2. West of Rt. 100. North of Rt. 4.

Views of the Champlain Valley from Snake Mountain's summit (photo by Webmaster)

VT - Central East   

The Central East region doesn't have any significant peaks but offers plenty of hiking to low-elevation peaks, scenic ponds, and along rivers. The Connecticut River runs along its eastern border.

This region is home to the 25,000-acre Groton State Forest. The park includes hikes up to Big Deer Mountain (1992') and Owl's Head (1958') as well as strolls around picturesque ponds.

The Woodstock area has a mixture of easy hiking options such as that up to Mount Tom (1359') or around The Pogue (a pond), both of which offer views.

Boundaries:   South of Rt. 2. East of Rt. 100. North of Rt. 4.

VT - Southern   

Southern Vermont is marked by the Green Mountains in the western part of the region, and the Connecticut River on the eastern border. In between are low hills with many trails winding their way along rivers and through natural areas harboring rare plant species.

The Long Trail, which runs 270 miles south to north through the entire state of Vermont is present in this region and traverses many of the Green Mountain summits including Stratton (3,936') and Killington Peak (4251'). The hiking here is easier than in the Green Mountains farther to the north.

There are also several mountains that stand alone in the eastern part of this region. Mount Ascutney (3,144') is a popular mountain with many trails. Near the summit is an outlook and launching deck that is used by hang gliders. Climbing the fire tower at the top gives views in all directions.

Boundaries:   South of Rt. 4.

Overlooking Killington Peak (photo by Mark Malnati)

Red Squirrel at Wenlock Wildlife Management Area (photo by Webmaster)

Wetlands along Wells River (photo by Webmaster)

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