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Nearby Hiking in Vermont & the Adirondacks

One of the real joys of a getaway at Basin Harbor for anyone who’s even remotely outdoors-inclined is the plethora of world-class hiking available from our Lake Champlain perch. With the Green Mountains of Vermont to one side and the mighty Adirondacks of New York to the other, we’re pretty darn magnificently situated for exploring New England’s wild side at its finest.

Whether you want to foray out in the woods and mountains on your own or you’d like to join one of our weekly guided Basin Harbor hiking adventures, you’ve got no shortage of backcountry day-tripping options from your plush lakeside accommodations at our historic resort!

Vermont Hikes

You don’t have to head far east from Basin Harbor to access some of the most awesome views in the Northeast courtesy of the rolling Green Mountains and Worcester Range. On the 5.2-mile Burnt Rock Trail, for example, you’ll pass one of the Northeast’s biggest glacial potholes before gaining the summit (via the legendary Long Trail) of Burnt Rock Mountain, with vistas extending to the Allens and Camel’s Hump.

And speaking of, Camel’s Hump—one of the most distinctive summits in the state—makes a fine, 5.7-mile climb via the Burrows and Long trails, its wide-open crown serving up its own thrilling sightlines. Snake Mountain, meanwhile, includes a regionally significant northern mixed-hardwood forest stand protected by the Nature Conservancy in Wilmarth Woods, plus stirring views of the Champlain Valley and westward to the Adirondack heights.

Another fine mountain to climb is 3,578-foot Mount Hunter in the Worcester Range east of the main Green Mountain crest. Its broad summit delivers unforgettable panoramas: Gaze from Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield (Vermont’s loftiest point) eastward to the grand, storm-clobbered peaks of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, the highest reach of the Northern Appalachians.

Even closer to Basin Harbor than these mountaintop rambles are the hiking trails hugging Lake Champlain itself, including the lovely routes in Button Bay State Park just a few miles away.

Adirondack Hiking Adventures

From Basin Harbor, you enjoy an inspiring prospect of the Adirondack Mountains of New York looming beyond Lake Champlain. Each week, our concierge arranges guided hikes in those spellbinding mountains, host to one of America’s most significant and historic swaths of public land—the enormous Adirondack State Park—and some of the most impressive terrain in the entire East.

The abovementioned hikes and hiking destinations only gesture at the plethora of outdoor-recreation opportunities you’ve got at your fingertips as a guest of ours here at Basin Harbor. We’d be happy to supply more recommendations, and remember that our guided hikes offer a super-convenient introduction to the possibilities!