Before you plan a trip into the wilderness, ask yourself if you really
want a wilderness experience. Although the Green Mountains are served
by many resort areas with amenities for recreationists, wilderness areas on the National Forest are preserved in a natural state. What this means is that there are no roads, electricity, telephones (cell
phones may not work), running water, trash cans, restrooms, or other such amenities
offered in the more developed campgrounds and picnic areas throughout
The "wilderness experience" should include the spirit of challenge, discovery
and self-reliance. Therefore, the areas are not managed for visitor comfort
and convenience. Be prepared to meet obstacles:
- Trail brushing and trail blazing may be limited. Bristol Cliffs and
the Aiken have no designated trails.
- Trees may obstruct the trail.
- There are few, if any, bridges. You may have to ford streams.
- Signs are infrequent and do not provide mileage information. Carry
a map, compass, and guidebook.
- Mechanized and motorized vehicle, such as bicycles, ATVs and hang
gliders are prohibited.
- Rescues may take longer in primitive conditions.
For important travel tips, please click here. Also, please see http://www.wilderness.net/
for more wilderness information.
If a wilderness experience isn't for you:
There are other recreational opportunities available within the Green
Mountain National Forest. Consider these:
Camping: This opportunity is not as "outback, wild, and
wooly" as wilderness, but very rustic and off the beaten track. Primitive
camping areas have been identified or pitch your tent wherever allowed
on Forest lands. Campfires are acceptable however Leave No Trace practices
are strongly encouraged.
Camping: These campgrounds have campsites set aside for
the convenience of campers who want a semi-primitive experience with
minimal toilet facilities and fire rings.
Areas: There are nine picnic areas.
Trails: There are approximately 900 miles of hiking trails,
including the Appalachian/Long Trail (AT/LT).
Several boating opportunities exist with access provided.
Trails: A winter trails system covers a large portion of
the entire State of Vermont.
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