Traversing the Green Mountains, the Appalachian Trail in Vermont will bring you to the place where Benton MacKaye began dreaming about a trail over the Appalachians (Stratton Mountain), and take you through active dairy farms (beware of the cows). You’ll end up on Ledyard Bridge over the Connecticut River at the doorstep of Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.
Starting just north of North Adams in Massachusetts, the Vermont AT shares its first 105 miles with the Long Trail. The AT/LT goes over several peaks including Glastenbury, Stratton, Bromley and Killington. At Maine Junction in Gifford Woods State Park, the Long Trail and AT split. The LT continues along the spine of the Green Mountains and eventually reaches Quebec. The AT turns east and goes over a series of ridges until it descends into the Connecticut River Valley and the town of Norwich.
New Hampshire (partial)
Crossing the Connecticut River on Ledyard Bridge in Hanover, the AT goes by Dartmouth College, through downtown Hanover and then reenters the woods on Lebanon St. The trail goes over Moose Mountain, Smarts Mountain, Mt. Cube and Mt. Mist and then crosses NH Rte. 25 near the village of Glencliff. Then the trail enters the White Mountains by first climbing Mt. Moosilauke before descending to Kinsman Notch on NH Rte. 112 in Woodstock, and then climbing the dual peaks of Mt. Kinsman. The trail goes by AMC’s Lonesome Lake before reaching Franconia Notch on US Rte. 3/I-93. The trail then ascends the magnificent Franconia Range (Little Haystack, Lincoln & Lafayette) and crosses several other substantial peaks (Garfield, South Twin, Guyot, and Zealand) before reaching US Rte. 302 in Crawford Notch. In this latter section, AMC’s Greenleaf, Galehead and Zealand Falls Huts are either on or relatively close to the AT.
Please note: Trail Connections is still in development. We’ll bring you additional sections of New Hampshire as quickly as we can.
* NH/VT State Line to Dorchester Rd.(Hanover area)
* Dorchester Rd. to NH Rte. 25A
(Smarts Mountain & Mt. Cube area)