Smugglers Notch State Park
Smugglers Notch State Park
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This narrow path through thousand-foot cliffs, once a smuggling route into Canada, is now a park used for biking, hiking, picnicking and rockclimbing.
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Jessica R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We came for the week after Christmas and the mountain became too busy for the resort to manage. Over multiple nights we were unable to obtain takeout from any restaurant besides the pizza place (and the pizza is gross) because the restaurants were too busy to accommodate takeout orders. We have 3 young kids and after a full day of ski school wanted to eat at home and moreover even if we wanted to go physically to the restaurant the waits were untenable. One restaurant is only open Wednesday-Sunday, so on Tuesday the only open restaurant could not handle the volume. Then Wednesday that place (Morse mountain grill) was closed so we tried Brewsters off property and Hearth and Candle on property, and both refused takeout.

As for the skiing all lift chairs are ancient doubles and one day the only chair on the main mountain was inoperable and the only place to ski was the beginner mountain where the lines were endless. Even when it was running the percentage of time spent in line for and on the lift was shocking. Additionally someone met us here for the day but couldn’t get a lift ticket for the big mountain because it was full. The lifts need to be updated so they can accommodate more people up and down the mountain more efficiently.

I came to this resort because of its reputation for being family friendly but would never come back even if it was free. They need more restaurants, and during busy weeks they should have both on property restaurants open extra days.
Written December 28, 2022
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Scott M
Cambridge, MA495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Rt 108 through the Notch is an awesome drive, and the state park that's nestled at the top is really beautiful.

We walked up the steep trail to Sterling Pond. The trail is well maintained, but it's wet and can be slippery. And the start is genuinely steep.

The 1.5 mile walk up rewards you with Sterling Pond, a pretty little alpine pond. We went for a quick chilly swim, which felt great on a warm summer morning.

Rock climbing is doable on the other side of 108, but the rock doesn't look like it ever gets really dry. Winter ice climbing there is even better.
Written August 17, 2020
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Miranda L
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Nice quiet small campground. Clean bathrooms with coin showers. One in the male and one in the female bathroom. Great location! Close to Stowe, hiking trails and waterfalls. The campsites were well maintained. We stayed at Site 1 a walk in site, downhill, so a little rough going up and down with supplies. It is very well shaded and private, couldn't see or hear any other campers. Short nature trail around the park. They sell firewood and ice on site.
Written July 5, 2023
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J T
Burley256 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We were here for the fall colors and we were not disappointed. Traffic can get heavy and parking is very limited. We had great colors and even got a lite snow fall. Several trails in the area along with streams and the cave. The rocks and trees were nice for a different look. Would return.
Written October 16, 2022
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Amy A E
Senoia, Georgia, United States312 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Parking is very limited but the scenery is surreal. A majestic piece of Gods beautiful creation with history of smugglers.

NOTE:
- parking is very limited
- bring a rain coat and wear appropriate boots/shoes
- must be in very good athletic shape to crawl up those steep rocks, at several areas I had to use my hands and feet to go up. Though I think there is a trail that is moderate ….I couldn’t find it.
Written September 5, 2023
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trkr6468
Cantrall, IL375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
My wife and I were here 4 years ago and it rained every day and we were too early for the colors. Today’s trip was unbelievable. The attached pictures help to describe but do not do justice to this amazing place. Take your time, walk around, relax and just enjoy the beauty of nature around you.
Written October 11, 2022
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WSB19
Winchester, VA58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
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.
Written July 12, 2021
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Helga K
genoa, United States199 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
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.
Written May 28, 2021
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Juanita W
110 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 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.
Written June 25, 2021
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caribbeantraveler91
Pennsylvania1,290 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
My husband and I did the drive through Smugglers Notch. Crazy, windy drive. We noticed quite a few hikers during our drive. We were there a few weeks before the leaves started changing, but it was still a beautiful drive. Worth doing, even if you don't plan on hiking.
Written September 23, 2022
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