Hiking in Vermont - Info on areas near Hearthside Vermont 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.
Hiking the Vista Trail
Located at Camp Plymouth State Park (7 miles from Ludlow) off Route 100 North. Turn onto Plymouth Tyson Road at the Echo Lake Inn, follow 1 mile to Boy Scout Camp Road turn left to Camp Plymouth State Park. Entry Fee charged Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Hike the Healdville Trail
The Healdville Trail climbs Okemo Mountain's 3,340-foot summit. The trail is 5.9 miles round trip offering a hefty half-day hike. Features along the trail include a fire tower and several lookouts, which offer sweeping views of the local ski area. Finding the Trail Head: From Ludlow Vermont, take VT Route 103 North toward Rutland. Approximately five miles from Ludlow, turn left on Station Road (by Wright Construction Company). Follow Station Road and cross over the railroad tracks. Turn left and there is a large parking area immediately at the end of a short drive.
The trail, blazed with blue paint leaves the parking area and crosses two small brooks before ascending gradually along the second brook through a scenic hardwood forest. It runs gradually uphill and passes a vista point at 2.5 miles where a fine view of Mt Holly and the main Green Mountain chain can be seen on good viewing days. At 2.8 miles, the trail ascends steeply to a small clearing, which was the site of the fire tower watchman's cabin. The only remaining structure on the site is the chimney. Just after the cabin site the trail merges with a work road, which runs from the end of the Okemo Mountain Road to the fire tower. The fire tower has been reconditioned by the State of Vermont and is open to hikers.
Download a printer friendly version of "Tower Trek", an article by Lisa Densmore. The article features a review of the trail, tips for hiking with children, plus a hiker's checklist!
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