New York State has the Adirondack Mountains and Vermont the Green Mountains. The Green Mountains have rugged mountain peaks among picturesque scenery with vintage Vermont villages. It is ranked 212 of Vermont’s 339 attractions.
The Green Mountains’ 350,000 acres are in two segments, northern and southern sections. Elevation ranges in the Green Mountains from 878’ near Rochester VT to Warren’s Mount Ellen at 4,083’. The Green Mountains are mainly in a north/south direction between Canada and Massachusetts nearly 250 miles in length. Its dense boreal forest gives Vermont its nickname of ‘The Green Mountain State’.
Nine hundred miles of hiking trails within the Green Mountains include the Long Trail, Robert Frost Trail and part of the Appalachian Trail. Within the mountain are three downhill ski resorts, seven Nordic cross country ski areas and 400 miles of snowmobile trails.
Six state parks are within Green Mountains National Forest. Branbury State Park is 69 acres with 37 campsites and other facilities. Emerald Lake State Park’s 84 acres has 67 campsites, and 20-acre Emerald Lake. Shaftsbury State Park is 101 acres in size, picnicking areas and Lake Shaftsbury. Jamaica State Park with 772 acres, 41 campsites and other facilities. Townshend State Park’s 1095 acres have 30 campsites and other facilities. Woodford State Park with 398 acres, and 103 campsites.
Years of uncontrolled logging, and subsequent forest fires lead to flooding with significant damage. As a result Green Mountains National Forest was established in 1932 to prevent further misuse.
Vermont’s largest city of Burlington is northwest of Green Mountains National Forest with a population of 42,417. It is 45 miles south of the Canadian border and 94 miles south of Montreal. It is on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain on a strip of land 6 miles south of the Winooski River.
At the midsection of Green Mountains National Forest is the city of Rutland. With a population of 16,495 it is 65 miles north of Massachusetts and 20 miles east of New York State. It is the third largest city in the state.
Montpelier is the state capital, a city of 7,855 population northeast of Green Mountains National Forest. At 600’ elevation it is was first settled in 1787. St. Johnsbury is a town of 7,603 population located 48 miles south of the Canadian border and 10 miles northwest of the Connecticut River.
The largest town in southern Vermont is Bennington a town of 15,764 population. It is situated at the junction of route 9 and route 7 in the southwest corner of the state.
Bennington is a 4:15 hour drive of 260 miles from Rochester NY. Drive I-90 thruway east to Albany, then US 87 north, route 7 east to Bennington.
Here is a visitor’s impression of their visit to the Green Mountains.
‘The mountain ranges are breath taking! I highly recommend touring Vermont and the Green Mountain National Forest! You won’t regret it!’