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Long Trail: Burlington and Bread Loaf Sections

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
With its 270-mile footpath, 175 miles of side trails, and nearly 70 primitive shelters, the Long Trail offers endless hiking opportunities for the day hiker, weekend overnighter, and extended backpacker.
Trail Activity
88.6 miles, One Way
Moderate, Advanced, Strenuous
Bolton (VT), Buels Gore (VT), Chittenden (VT), Duxbury (VT), Fayston (VT), Goshen (VT), Granville (VT), Hancock (VT), Huntington (VT), Killington (VT), Lincoln (VT), Mendon (VT), Richmond (VT), Ripton (VT), Rochester (VT), Stowe (VT), Underhill (VT), Warren (VT)
Packed Earth/Dirt


Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance trail in the United States. The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont's highest peaks. It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, which coincides with it for one hundred miles in the southern third of the state.

Although the Long Trail is known as Vermont's "footpath in the wilderness," its character may more accurately be described as backcountry. As it winds its way to Canada, the Trail climbs rugged peaks and passes pristine ponds, alpine bogs, hardwood forests, and swift streams. The Long Trail is steep in some places, muddy in others, and rugged in most. Novice and expert alike will enjoy the varied terrain of the trail as it passes through the heart of Vermont's backwoods.

Other Information

The Long Trail Guide is the official guide to the Long Trail and its network of side trails. This vast resource includes detailed maps and trail information, including all the shelters along the way. Whether you are an end-to-ender or a day hiker, the Long Trail Guide contains the information you'll need to enjoy the scenery and solitude of Vermont’s highest peaks.

The guide and many others are available from the Green Mountain Club. Be sure to pick up your copy before heading out on the trail.

Trail Manager

Visit Green Mountain Club or US Forest Service GMNF online for more information or contact:

Green Mountain Club

Green Mountain Club
4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Phone: (802) 244-7037
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US Forest Service
Phone: (802) 767-4261 x530
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Trailhead Information

The Long Trail is accessible from numerous points throughout Vermont. Please consult the Green Mountain Club for detailed directions.

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Trail Alerts

Long Trail Shelters and Privies

Shelters and privies on the Long Trail system are currently open under modified use guidelines. For detailed guidelines, visit the Green Mountain Club website


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