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The “Green Mountain State” is the most rural of the New England states. Many of its residents live in communities of less than 2,500 people. With more than 75 percent of the state’s total area covered in forest, it is a great place for outdoor activities.

Vermont, Green Mountain State, moose

Vermont has 223 mountains over 2,000 ft. elevation. The highest mountain is Mt. Mansfield at 4,393 ft.

Some of the major rivers are the Missisquoi, Lamoille, Winooski, White, Otter Creek, West and Battenkill.


  • Free Fishing Day, Vermont (2015) Vermont has two Free Fishing Days during which anyone, resident or nonresident, may fish without a license. Open water free fishing day is Saturday, June 13, 2015. All legal fishing methods and limits still apply. More information: Vermont General Fishing Information
  • Vermont State Parks offer Holiday Merchandise Packs Cool gift pack ideas from Vermont State Parks
  • Vermont hiking trail club urges hikers to avoid the trails, ironic? No, stewardship. The Commons reports that the Green Mountain Club is urging hikers to avoid the trails, but it’s not what it sounds like. This is a vulnerable time of year for the environment around the trails. Hikers, out to enjoy the landscape, may be doing more harm than the know. The club is asking us all to ...
  • Vermont Resorts offer $29 lift, lesson, rental beginner learning package during January January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month and Ski Vermont makes it easy as pie to get to the mountains. $29 packages including professional lessons, equipment rentals and a beginner lift ticket are available for resorts all over the state.
  • Green Mountain Fall Foliage Festival With the fall foliage season fast approaching the Forest Service announced today that several environmental and conservation groups will be sponsoring a foliage festival on Sunday, October 2nd from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Sugarbush Resort (102 Forest Drive) in Warren, Vermont.
  • GMNF NOW OPEN TO VERMONTERS AND VISITORS NATIONAL FOREST OPEN UNLESS AREAS ARE POSTED CLOSED RUTLAND, VT. Forest Service officials announced today that the 400,000 acre Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) is now open except for specific areas that are posted closed. The GMNF was officially closed to the public on Thursday, September 1 due to extensive damage from Hurricane Irene. In recent ...
  • How to help Vermont victims of Hurricane Irene How can you help the Vermont communities suffering from Hurricane Irene?
  • Lake Champlain – 5 Ways to Enjoy this Great Lake Lake Champlain is the largest body of fresh water in the U.S. after the Great Lakes, and at 120 miles in length and an average depth of 400’ and 12 miles across, everything about it is impressive. But more impressive than its size is its unspoiled beauty. In a state already known for conservation and ...
  • New Paddling Blog Launched By Northern Forest Canoe Trail A new blog for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail will share news, events and insights along the 740-mile water trail. The canoeing and kayaking trail runs across the largest watersheds in the Northeastern from the Adirondack Park in New York to Vermont, southern Quebec, Canada; New Hampshire and northwestern Maine.
  • Vermont Vacations and the Seven Wonders of the Green Mountain State By Cliff Calderwood It matters not in which season you take Vermont vacations, you’ll see these seven scenic wonders and fall in love with the Green Mountain state. And just in case you mistakenly think there are only seven wonders – think again. Each of these is a vacation in itself, full of the wonders of ...
  • Mount Mansfield, Vermont Mt. Mansfield is a National Park and is on the Vermont Fragile Areas Registry. It has one of the rare arctic-alpine plant communities.
  • Vermont Ski Vacations Vermont is renowned for its best cross-country and downhill ski areas. It has more than 20 alpine ski resorts and almost 50 cross-country touring centers. The combination of skiing areas and picturesque Vermont villages offers visitors a superb chance to explore the quintessential New England winter experience.
  • Fall Foliage Scenic Drive – Central Vermont Area This fall foliage scenic drive in Central Vermont offers some of the best views in the Green Mountain National Forest.
  • Fall Foliage in New England Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are the states for fall foliage in New England. A fall leaf tour can include them all.
  • Fall Foliage Scenic Drives in New England – Introduction Fall foliage in New England really begins in August. The shortening daylight hours trigger the deciduous trees to begin the process of shedding their leaves. It happens all around North America, and all around the world. But in New England it’s special.
  • Vermont Days, June 9 & 10 June 9th is Vermont Free Fishing day for Residents, and on June 9 & 10 all Vermont State Park day areas, state-owned historic sites, and the Vermont Historical Society Museum will be open at no charge.
  • Becoming an Outdoor Family Hands on basic outdoor skills for the entire family, jointly offered by the University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Departments of Fish & Wildlife, and Forests, Parks & Recreation
  • Spring Educational Workshops at Green Mountain Club start in April The Green Mountain Club of Vermont is offering a variety of outdoor skills workshops starting in April.
  • Canada Lynx found in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom Vermont Fish and Wildlife Confirms Finding a Canada Lynx in Northeast Kingdom
  • Quechee Gorge West of Quechee Village, Vermont, the Ottauquechee River flows eastward within a broad and shallow valley. At Dewey’s Mills, just east of Quechee Village, the river turns abruptly southward and plunges into the narrow, rocky cleft of Quechee Gorge, 165 feet deep and over a mile in length. This is a great spot to explore for ...
  • President Bush signs New England Wilderness Act of 2006 President Bush signs New England Wilderness Act of 2006 adding wilderness protect to more than 76,000 acres of National Forest in New England.
  • Smuggler’s Notch State Park Smugglers’ Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains, North of Stowe Vermont. The 1000-foot cliffs have been good places to spot nesting peregrine falcons. Smugglers Notch separates Mount Mansfield from Spruce Peak. Drive to the turnout immediately North of the height-of-land on Highway 108 in Smugglers’ Notch, South of Jeffersonville and North of Stowe. At ...
  • Willoughby State Forest Willoughby State Forest is a 7,300 acre undeveloped state forest. In Vermont, an undeveloped forest means that there are generally no facilities. Within the park is the Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area which includes Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor. Camping is allowed, but only primitive camping is available. That means no tent sites. And no facilities. There are several remote ponds, ...
  • Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area The Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area became a National Natural Landmark in 1967. The area is 950 acres and is part of the Willoughby State Forest. The area includes the cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor, as well as the forested buffer zone. The cliffs are known as a spring nesting site for Peregrine Falcons. There are also many ...