Vermont is home to year-round natural beauty. You’ll find stunning fall foliage, majestic snow-capped mountains, and blooming spring landscapes. Our favorite way to discover the Green Mountain State is by hitting the trails and hiking. You’ll remember the best hikes in Southern Vermont for years to come. Lace up your hiking boots, because your Vermont adventure is waiting! Don’t forget to access our Southern Vermont Vacation Guide before your trip. Our guide is full of recommendations on the best dining, shopping, and outdoor recreation in the Shires of Vermont.
The Best Hikes in Southern Vermont for Every Skill Level
Green Mountain National Forest
The Green Mountain National Forest is a gorgeous representation of New England scenery. The forest supports a variety of wildlife, including beavers, moose, and bears. There are many different trails in the area, so hikers can choose from easy, moderate, or hard hikes.
Green Mountain National Forest is one of our favorite Vermont parks. In autumn, you’ll see the golden light trickle through the trees and illuminate the gorgeous fall foliage. It’s also an excellent place for snowshoe hikes in the winter. If you’re looking for a challenge, we suggest Lookout Rock, a 6.8-mile trek to the top of Equinox Mountain. We promise the wonderful views are worth it!
Many locals agree that autumn is the best time to visit Arlington, VT. We agree that the vibrant, fiery fall colors are absolutely idyllic. Hiking the Appalachian Trail is one of the best ways to enjoy an autumn day in the Shires of Vermont.
The 2,181-mile trail spans 14 states offers spectacular vistas of the rolling hills and thickets of trees. Guests of The Arlington Inn are in luck – there are many access points close to the inn.
Did you know? Vermont is called the Green Mountain State because of the lush, dense forests you can see along the Appalachian Trail!
There are over thirty miles of trails in Merck Forest, all of which are just a half-hour drive from The Arlington Inn. Explore the Taconic Hills and the Adirondack Mountains on either mild, moderate, or difficult trails. Check out their complete trail map to choose the best hike for you.
Tip: For the perfect Instagram shot, head to one of the scenic overlooks marked on the map.
Equinox Trail System
Are you looking for a flip-flop trail that is just as picturesque as its difficult counterparts? The Equinox Trail System is made up of 914 acres of land on the slopes of Mt. Equinox.
The Pond Loop is an easy, 1.2 km trail around Equinox Pond on a level road through the woods. For more ambitious hikers, the Mountain Bluff Trail is more of a challenge. The 2.9 km trail peaks at an elevation of 1580 feet, then descends and concludes at the Pond Loop. With more than a dozen trails to choose from, there is a path for everyone at the Equinox Trail System!
Cozy up at The Arlington Inn
After you’ve completed one of the best hikes in Southern Vermont, you will want an evening of relaxation. There’s no better place for a quiet Vermont getaway than The Arlington Inn. The inn’s historic Main House features four traditional rooms, all in close proximity to our restaurant and parlor areas.
When you stay in Pamela’s Suite, you’ll be on the second floor of the Main House overlooking the English gardens. Enjoy the king bed, private sitting area, whirlpool tub, and welcoming fireplace. To make things even better, a free cooked-to-order breakfast is always included in your stay. Are you ready to start planning your Vermont getaway? Browse our accommodations and reserve your room today!