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Wow…very clean, maintained, friendly. Bathrooms are super clean. Firewood and wood starters for... read more

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Bikelemonde
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Paris, France
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Beautiful. Check Out New Wetland Boardwalk at Visitor Center

A beautiful, rocky, rugged pass through the highest of Vermont’s Green Mountains. DO NOT MISS the... read more

Reviewed 12 July 2021
WSB19
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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 July 2021 via mobile

A beautiful, rocky, rugged pass through the highest of Vermont’s Green Mountains. DO NOT MISS the new boardwalk that starts at the Barnes Camp Visitor Center! Great for all ages, it provides a level walkway through a marsh to a beaver pond. Scenic views of the mountains and Notch, framed by a lovely forest.

The rest of the trails are very steep, but roadside pull offs allow you to explore a bit even if you don’t want to hike. Note: after Barnes Camp Visitor Center, the largest pulloff (and it has a restroom) is north of the top of the Notch about 3/4 mile. Road closed in winter.

Need a place to eat without paying resort prices? Try Burger Barn in Jeffersonville VT a short drive north of Smugglers’ Notch - maybe 10 minutes or so.

Date of experience: July 2021
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Reviewed 26 June 2021

The rock formations were impressive and we could park/get away from the road. It took me a bit to figure out the park was divided into pieces - the walks along the road, the falls trail, and the campground. Vt State Park websites are down more than they are accessible.

Date of experience: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 June 2021

What a fascinating and unique place! We had a person with mobility issues, so couldn't venture far. Nonetheless we were amazed by the natural wonder of this place. Huge boulders, tumbled down from the mountains, have formed caves and crevices over the decades. On top of these, incongruous, intrepid trees grow with their roots almost fully exposed in wonderful, gnarled patterns. Plus, people practicing rock climbing, a drone pilot, etc. I would love to hike up higher to some of the caves! The state road leading up to the notch (closed in winter) is a beautiful ride in itself, with many switchbacks through lovely woodland.

Date of experience: May 2021
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Reviewed 28 May 2021 via mobile

The area is beautiful but this is NOT a walking trail. Its is a rock climbing trail. We made it up to Smugglers Notch cave but it was too challenging for us to continue on. It was still beautiful to look at and great for more experience climbers.

Date of experience: May 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2020 via mobile

Beautiful place to spend your day at. Seriously take your time enjoying it all! You can hike around or just enjoy the drive through it. You won’t be able to put your camera down.

Date of experience: October 2020
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