So you've considered our six reasons to try snowshoeing in southern Vermont and you've decided: now is the time to strap a couple of these frozen-water flotation devices to your feet and hit the trails. The only question remaining is where to start. Luckily, you'll find plenty of trails, parks, and other places to showshoe near Wilmington, VT, right out your back door from Chimney Hill. Here are six of our favorites.
Marlboro College Trails
Just fifteen minutes to the east of Wilmington lies Marlboro College, a small liberal arts institution made up of classic Vermont farm buildings on a hillside. Marlboro shares a great deal of its resources with the local community and welcomes the public to enjoy over six miles of trails that run between the Marlboro town center and the campus. Keep an eye out for the Wendell-Judd Cup, a fun, semi-competitive community race held on the Marlboro College trails every February.
Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center
Mount Snow might be the big attraction for downhill skiers in southern Vermont, but Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center is right across the road and every bit as fun. This is a great place for snowshoers of any ability level to explore Vermont’s forest trails and enjoy the cool winter air. They offer equipment rentals for children and adults and only require a small trail maintenance fee to use their trails and facilities all day.
Grout Pond Loop Trail
The Grout Pond Recreation Area, about 13 miles north of Mount Snow, has more than 10 miles of multipurpose trails that are perfect for snowshoeing all winter long. The trails circumnavigate the pond and offer varied terrain from easy to moderately difficult, which makes this a perfect place for the whole family to enjoy some snowshoe fun.
Mount Olga Trail
Part of Molly Stark State Park, Mount Olga trail takes hikers up the side of a 2,400-foot mountain to a fire tower at the peak, giving excellent views of the surrounding Vermont countryside. Surfaces here aren’t groomed and the mountain gets steep in places, so this trail is a good next step after getting comfortable with snowshoes on flatter terrain.
The remote and secluded Catamount Trail allows visitors the chance to cross the entirety of Vermont on cross-country skis or snowshoes. Section 3, the one closest to Mount Snow, is about 8 miles long and moderately difficult, especially considering it only has a few access points. However, it also offers amazing views and secluded, peaceful snowshoeing.
Mount Snow Guided Treks
To pack a little more into your snowshoe experience, check out Mount Snow’s guided snowshoe treks. Their experienced instructors and guides can offer technical pointers and and a local’s perspective on the natural surroundings. Don’t be afraid to push yourself here — you can pair these snowshoe trips with a massage to relax and work out any kinks at the day’s end.
Right Here at Chimney Hill
You don’t even have to get in the car to access great Vermont snowshoeing trails right here at Chimney Hill. Just steps away from your southern Vermont rental home lies the Birchwood recreation area, with trails adjacent to our skating rink. Though some areas are for snowmobiles, you’ll find non-motorized-use trails on a large piece of land bordered by Haystack Road and Route 9. The Ridge Trail is a favorite hiking-only option.