Snow covered or blazing red, the Green Mountains of Vermont will welcome you any time of year.
Vermont is one of New England's unspoiled treasures, teeming with rolling hills, mountain hikes, and wilderness lakes. Known for its wealth of family-friendly state parks, the Green Mountain state never fails to draw a summer crowd. From the shores of Lake Champlain to the Green Mountain National Forest, this narrow strip of rural beauty has a lot to offer.
For aquatic adventures, spend the day boating at Burton Island State Park. Looking for a quiet respite? Embark on a paddling trip on the Green River Reservoir, or explore 60 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails at Groton State Forest.
Sometimes called the sixth Great Lake, meandering Lake Champlain are a boating and fishing paradise. Explore the many islands and hidden coves, or head to Grand Isle to cycle the easy trails of the flat lake valley.
Vermont campgrounds welcome all kinds of campers. Aside from the famous lean-tos, you also find tent sites, drive-in sites, cottages, cabins, and yurts. Locations range from lakeside camping areas to secluded backcountry sites in the mountain wilderness. You can even bring your hooved buddy to one of several horse camping areas.
Most state campgrounds accept both reservations and first come, first served campers. However, keep in mind that Vermont state parks don't offer hookups. if you're looking to hike, avoid traveling during the spring as the trails are often muddy from snow melt.
Summers boast great weather, but you'll need your rain gear—summer downpours are pretty common. Camping in Vermont is hugely popular, but you can beat the summer rush by traveling after Labor Day. Plan a trip from September to mid-October for a chance to see the famous New England fall colors.