Hiking & Climbing

Clarendon Gorge (Upper Falls)

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Clarendon George just a few miles from Hearside Vermont Rental

THE GORGE: What makes this gorge and waterfall unique is the suspension "monkey" bridge. The 30ft long bridge crosses directly above the Clarendon Gorge which, is also a popular swimming hole with deep pools for lightweight "cliff diving". There are many hiking and camping paths after you cross the bridge. The Clarendon Gorge and the Appalachian Trail or "Long Trail" cross paths here. The Long Trail travels from Southern Georgia to Canada.

Buttermilk Falls (Ludlow, VT)

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Buttermilk Falls, Ludlow, Vermont

Buttermilk Falls is about 1 mile east of Rt. 103 and the entrance to the Lake Ninevah Rd. and is well worth a visit. Since Buttermilk falls is not visible from the road, it is quite surprising and amazing that this little gem packs so much beauty into such a "small" place.

From Hearthside, go all the way out to Rt 103 and turn left (east). Travel east on 103 for about 1 mile and turn left on Buttermilk Falls Road.

Large shallow and calm water for small children. Very good size "cliffs" to jump into deep pools. Plentiful shady or sunny areas for picnicing.

Killington Gondola Ride and Hiking

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Killington Gondola Ride

A relaxing mile and a quarter ride up the K-1 Express Gondola to the top of 4,241-foot Killington Peak.

Located in the thick of central Vermont's Green Mountains, Killington Peak serves as a trailhead for 45 miles of mountain biking and 15 miles of designated hiking trails for adventure seekers, complete with mountain views stretching for miles across surrounding states.

Catamount Trail - Ski the Length of Vermont

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At 300 miles in length and spanning the state of Vermont from bottom to top, the Catamount Trail is one of Vermont’s treasured gems. It is a cross-country ski trail that has been in the making since 1984 and was fully linked together in 2008. Thousands of skiers and snowshoers take to the trail every winter season — most for the day, many on Catamount Trail Association (CTA) tours, and some to ski end-to-end — all enjoying the backcountry, touring center, farmland and village surroundings along the way. Be sure to explore our winter tours and special events held throughout the year.

Hiking in Vermont - Info on areas near Hearthside Vermont Rental

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Killington VT is near Hearthside rental

Okemo's Trail Network
Enjoy some great views of the Black River Valley while hiking the trails on Okemo. Easy access from the base of Okemo or the Jackson Gore base. Visitors can hike up the trails or follow the 4 and 1/2-mile road to the summit. Walking along the villages of Ludlow and Chester are also very popular. Guests can pick up a complimentary map at the Okemo Valley Chamber of Commerce Office, located at the bottom of the Okemo access road, or call them at (802) 228-5830.

Styles Peak Summit

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Styles Peak climbs to 3,373 feet (1,028.09m) above sea level. The Appalachian Trail/Long Trail crosses the southern end of the Wilderness for about three miles, taking in the summits of Peru and Styles Peak, both topping 3,000 feet. Styles Peak provides the best view.

Parking is available on the dirt and gravel Mad Tom Notch Road (Forest Service Road 21), 4 miles west of Peru, near Vermont 11.

Little Rock Pond Trail

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This section of the Appalachian/Long Trail, marked with white blazes, is a narrow, gradually inclining path through a mixed hardwood forest. The trail crisscrosses and follows Little Black Brook. One such crossing is made over a narrow steel “I” beam. The pond is surrounded by hills and large boulders, and is a very popular area for swimming, fishing, and camping. Shelters and tent platforms are available on a first come, first served basis and are found on the east side of the trail, in close proximity to the pond.

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