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Vermont Hiking Trails

Appalachian Trail from River Road to Route 4 (5.7 miles)

A lazy day near the river Part of a 10.8 mile section of the AT that is easily accessible in the Killington area (see AT info), this section from River Road to Route 4 passes 140 foot high Thundering Falls, and passes through Gifford Woods State Park. This park was created in 1931 to preserve one of the few remaining undisturbed northern-hardwood forests in New England. The trail also connects with the Long Trail at Maine Junction, which combines to the south with the Appalachian Trail to the Massachusetts border.

The Hike: Unfortunately, the flooding from Hurricane Irene took out the boardwalk that used to provide a dry path across the Ottauquechee floodplain. Until this is replaced, a .4 mile detour up Thundering Brook Road has been designated with directions posted at both ends (see map). You will reach the shore of Kent Pond at 2.2 miles. At 2.4 miles you reach Route 100 and follow it for 300 feet before entering the woods on a path that leads to the Gifford Woods State Park. You will pass a spur trail that leads 50 feet to views of Killington and Pico peaks at 3.5 miles. You will pass the junction with the Sherburne Pass Trail at 3.8 miles, and the Deer Leap Trail at 4.6 miles. Shortly thereafter, the Long Trail, at Maine Junction, departs the Appalachian Trail and turns to the north. At 5.6 miles the blue-blazed Catamount Trail diverges west. This trail is a 300 mile long backcountry ski trail that runs the length of Vermont. You will reach Route 4 at 5.7 miles.

Getting There: Limited parking is available at the trailhead, which is 1.4 miles east of Route 4 at a point 2 miles east of the junction of Route 4 and Route 100.

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