Five More Ways To Enjoy The Parks In Winter

Dog-sledding at Little River State Park
Cross-Country Skiing
Smugglers’ Notch, Stowe VT
Woodford, Woodford VT

Coolidge, Ludlow VT

Once the snow falls, there are many fabulous spots to explore on skis all over Vermont. Seyon Lodge has groomed trails in winter, and the Catamount Trail, an end-to-end cross-country ski trail, runs through portions of several parks including Coolidge and Smugglers’ Notch. In southern VT, a loop trail at Woodford State Park takes you around the Adams Reservoir, which sits on a plateau of the Green Mountains.

Here are more places to try cross- country skiing on state lands. 

Dogsledding
Little River, Waterbury VT

Have you ever heard about the Iditarod and thought to yourself, "that sounds like fun!"?Here’s your chance! There are several dogsled touring companies throughout Vermont, and October Siberians even offers a 2-hour tour around Little River State Park. 

Off-Season camping at Gifford Woods 

Ice Fishing
Bomoseen, Bomoseen VTLake Carmi, Enosburg VT



In winter, Lake Bomoseen & Lake Carmi are poplar ice fishing destinations… ice depending of course. Ice fishing clinics run by Vermont Fish& Wildlife department are held periodically throughout the winter at various locations, for those curious to learn more. Check their calendar for a scheduled events, and learn more about the sport of ice fishing on their website. 

Go on a First Day Hike on January 1st
Various locations around Vermont


This is an annual tradition for some folks. Start your new year off with a free, guided hike with other outdoor lovers. Hikes take place at various times throughout the day, and vary in length and difficulty. There is something for everyone!

Go Camping Off-Season
Most parks including Gifford Woods, Killington, VT

It’s always a treat for people to realize that their favorite park is open for camping in the off-season from November to April. It’s free when you fill out a permit atleast 3 days prior to your trip. There are no facilities, and everything is carry-in, carry-out, but if you are prepared, winter camping can be a great experience. Everything you need to know about off-season camping here

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