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 the South end of the turnout you will find the path. You will walk among some very large boulders that mark the area known as Smuggler’s Cave. This area is rumored to have been a stash for contraband during the War of 1812. It can be fun to wander around the rocks and explore through the notch. You can spend your day here or use it as starting point to join the Long Trail and wonder to Sterling Pond or beyond. Once through you will see the white signs for the Long Trail. Cross the road uphill from the turnout.
Smugglers’ Notch State Park
Box 7248, Mountain Road
Stowe, VT 05672
Vermont Department of Forests Parks and Recreation St. Johnsbury District
1229 Portland Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-2099
Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Road
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Maps are available from the GMC (Green Mountain Club) for $3.95 for non-members, $3.15 for members