Join Vermont State Parks for First Day Hikes
Don’t need a guide? No matter where you live in Vermont, a state park or state forest is always close by, and you can still get outside to enjoy it. State Park entry is free on New Year’s Day (and all winter long). You’ll discover a whole new world in winter.
Please dress for the weather and bring traction aids and/or snowshoes depending on conditions. Please bring beverages and snacks. Contact hike leaders to pre-register. Hike leaders will contact you with more details and information about your hike.
Guided Hikes to Join
Allis State Park Hike
Guide: Rebecca Roy, Interpretive Program Manager, Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting time: 1:00pm
Meeting Location: Gate on the access road to Allis State Park, 284 Allis State Park Road, Randolph
Hike Description: 2 miles, moderate difficulty, 2 hours
We will hike up on the road into the day use area of Allis State Park, explore the rich history of this special park together, and hike up the fire tower to enjoy some beautiful and expansive views (conditions permitting). Please bring traction aids, snacks, and water.
Owl's Head, Groton State Forest
Guide Name: Walter Opuszynski, Forest Recreation Specialist, email@example.com
Meeting Time: 1:00PM
Meeting Location: Parking at the gate just off Route 232
Hike Description: 2 miles, moderate difficulty, 1 hour
The access to Owl’s Head is located off Route 232 in Groton State Forest. There are two ways to get to the top of Owl’s Head; a 2-mile hiking trail or by hiking ¾ mile up the access road. We will be walking up the access road; parking at the gate just off Route 232. There is enough room at this location for 8 cars. If we have more cars we can shuttle people from the Kettle Pond parking area a mile south on Route 232. To RSVP, to ask questions, or to confirm the hike is still occurring call Walter at (802) 522-6022.
CCC Road Loop on Mt Hor
Guide Name: Cathi Brooks, GMC NEK Section, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Time: 9:00am
Meeting Location: Mt Hor Trailhead on 5A in Orleans
Hike Description: 5 miles, a loop hike up and around, moderate terrain, approximately 3 hours. Weather will determine if spikes or snowshoes are needed. Please contact hike leader.
Hike to Butler Lodge
Guide Name: David Hathaway, GMC Volunteer, David.email@example.com
Meeting Time: 9:00AM
Meeting Location: Butler Lodge trailhead on Stevensville Road in Underhill
Hike Description: 3.6 miles, moderate difficulty, 2 hours
We will hike up to Butler Lodge on the Butler Lodge Trail. It is approximately 3.6 miles and moderate difficulty. Please bring micro spikes or other good traction aids (and snowshoes if there is snow). The hike will take approximately 2 hours. Group size is limited, please contact leader to preregister.
Abandoned Underground Marble Quarry at Mt Aeolus in East Dorset
Guide Name: Peter Hildick-Smith, GMC Volunteer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting Time: 9:00 am
Meeting Location: Quarry Road entrance off Dorset Hill Road in East Dorset
Hike Description: 2 miles, moderate difficulty, kid friendly, 2 hours.
Way back in 1808 a new marble quarry was first opened halfway up the east flank of Mt. Aeolus in East Dorset, and continued in operation there for over a century. Long since abandoned, the Freedleyville Quarry is a dramatic “underground” quarry, a natural ice rink in winter, and a symbol of Vermont’s heritage. Proof of COVID vaccination required for all participants.
Need a little winter hiking primer before your hike?
Check out the recording of Know Before You Go: How to Prepare for Winter Hiking program.
Check out Green Mountain Club for more advanced hiking tips:
For park access and off-season use info, check out our winter activities page: https://vtstateparks.com/winter-activities.html