Where to Go Snowshoeing in Vermont
Vermont is a small state, no question, but its splendid New England landscapes offer some of the all-around finest outdoor opportunities in the whole country. That’s certainly true this time of year, when a rich snow blanket promises quiet trails through postcard-perfect woods with frosty mountains as backdrop.
While you’re waiting for the 2019 season here at Basin Harbor—where, mind you, outdoor lovers have endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, paddling, and other summer recreation—here’s a look at some of the snowshoeing possibilities you can enjoy in the Green Mountain State!
The Joys of Vermont Snowshoeing
It may not have the high-speed thrills of downhill skiing or snowboarding, or the smooth rhythm of cross-country skiing, but snowshoeing rewards with its own special magic. The activity requires no special skills and offers all-ages appeal. It’s also wonderfully versatile: Trekking on snowshoes, you can easily explore ungroomed paths and off-trail routes.
While plenty of Vermonters and out-of-state visitors alike love exploring our winter wonderland, you’ll generally experience fewer crowds out in the fields and forests this time of year. Wildlife tends to be more visible, not least because of the long sightlines through naked hardwood stands. Even when you don’t luck out with a glimpse of a handsome moose or plush-coated red fox, you’ll have animal prints to key into along your way: The laidback pace of snowshoeing is ideal for tracking.
For those up for the physical challenge, summiting one of Vermont’s famous mountaintops on snowshoes offers “peak” adventure and far-reaching views, which can be all the more spectacular in the cold, clear, stable air of wintertime.
Snowshoe Destinations in Vermont
Wherever you find yourself in Vermont, you’ll have a fabulous place to strap on snowshoes somewhere close by. Our celebrated and extensive system of state parks stays open all winter long, for example. Not all that far from Basin Harbor, Park makes a perennially popular wintertime destination for outdoorspeople: The vistas from the 4,083-foot crown of Vermont’s third-loftiest mountain are spellbinding.
The Green Mountain National Forest tempts with its gorgeous, snow-clad backcountry, and the perfect gateway lies just about an hour from Basin Harbor: the Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. Its extensive four-season trail network provides ample opportunities for snowshoeing, from short treks on the Beaver Dam and Beginner’s Loop to longer adventures such as the Sucker Brook and Halfdan Kuhnle trails.
For more information on snowshoeing in Vermont, check out this overview from the state tourism website and trail information from the venerable Green Mountain Club, and explore state parks right here.