Outdoor Recreation Frequently Asked Questions

Outdoor Recreation:

Being physically active can be so much fun in Vermont! With easy access to outdoor activities, Vermont offers something for everyone.  The Forests, Parks and Recreation web site has excellent Outdoor Activities and Partners and Resources pages listing organizations that specialize in everything from rock climbing to outdoor education. Click on a topic below to learn more or visit our Get Outdoors! web page.

ATV Trails

VASA, Vermont All-Terrain Vehicles Sportsman's Association

Birdwatching and Wildlife Watching

Bird watchers on nature hike

Green Mountain Audubon Society is an incredible resource for information about birding hotsopts, birdwatching events, and bird habitat conservation in Vermont.  

The Vermont Center for Ecostudies promotes wildlife conservation across Vermont and the Americas, with a particular interest in birds.  They conduct several different citizen science intitiatives involving birdwatchers in Vermont including Mountain Birdwatch and Vermont Forest Bird Monitoring Program.

Fish and Wildlife's Wildlife Resources includes information about bird and wildlife watching.

Watch Wildlife webpage details many resources for viewing wildlife in Vermont.

Wildlife Viewing in Vermont offers deatils about some of the state's most popular animals to watch.

Camping

Camping a Vermont State Parks

Vermont Campground Association

Cliffs closed for falcon nesting

Each year from April to August, Vermont Fish and Wildlife closes portions of cliffs (and trails leading to them) where falcons are nesting.

Latest information on cliff closure

Hiking

Hiking in Vermont

Hiking Trails by Region

The Green Mountain Club, maintaining the Vermont's Long Trail, the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, and over 500 miles of hiking trails, is a great resource for maps, news, and hiking around the state.

Mountain Biking

Biking in Vermont

Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA)

Mud Season Recreation

Mud Season Hiking Guidlines

Mountain bike trails are generally not open during mud season.

Outdoor Recreation Activities in Vermont

Outdoor Recreation Activities in Vermont

Vermont State Parks

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association

Skiing and Snowboarding

Ski Vermont is a website providing resources for skiing news, deals, and finding a resort in Vermont.  

Ride Vermont provides the same information geared towards snowboarders.

The Catamount Trail Association maintanes a cross-country ski trail that runs the length of Vermont.

Vermont Outdoor Guide Association's Winter Recreation webpage offers information skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities such as cross-country skiing, ice climbing, ice fishing, and more.

Snowmobiling

VAST, The Vermont Association of Snow Travelers

State Parks

Find a Vermont State Park

Make a Camping Reservation

Swimming

Swimming in Vermont

Trail Maps and Guides

List of Published Trail Maps, Nature Guides, Park Maps and Guides, and Park Amenities

Hiking Trails by Region

Trail Running 

Trail Running in Vermont

American Trail Running Association

Vermont Days

Vermont Days offer free day-use admission to all Vermont State Parks for the entire weekend, free fishing events and free entrance to State historic sites.  Check the Vermont State Parks website or the Vermont Vacation website for up-coming dates.

Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge

Venture Vermont Outdoor Challenge

Winter Access in State Parks

Vermont State Parks Off-Season Use

Vermont State Parks Operating Season Dates

Favorite Parks for Winter Activities