Mount Mansfield State Forest, Stowe

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#1 of 48 in Nature in Vermont
Reach the very top of Vermont with a climb up Mount Mansfield State Forest, the state's highest mountain. With a summit over 1,300 m (4,300 ft) above sea level, this peak is one of only three spots in Vermont where alpine tundra survives from as far back as the last Ice Age. Said to resemble a human profile, and most distinct when viewed from the east, the mountain offers visitors different views via several hiking trails. Some of the most popular trails start from a state park located on the western side of the mountain, where the terrain naturally provides a good shelter from adverse weather conditions. Check online for trail conditions and closings before you make the trip. Plan trip to Stowe with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Great views from the top, shame that the other people weren't interested in staying to the path and ignoring signs pointing out that rare plants were at risk.  more »
  • We took the gondola to the top and enjoyed our lunch at the Cliff House. The views of the mountains are gorgeous! They have zip lining but we werent brave enough. We spent several hours walking around...  more »
  • After paying a hefty fee, I expected the private road would take me all the way to, or at least near, the top of Mount Mansfield - the tallest mountain in Vermont and the Green Mountains. But it doesn...  more »

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Where you should stay in Stowe depends on why you’re visiting. If you plan to ski or snowboard and want to minimize your travel time between the gondola and your bed, opt for a place at the base of the resort or as close to it on Route 108 as possible. Look for ski-and-stay packages to save money on the combined cost of lift tickets and accommodations. If skiing or snowboarding is just part of the plan or not on the itinerary at all, stay right in town. You'll find a range of accommodation types, including charming inns and bed and breakfasts, and hotels and motels that serve both visitors on group trips and independent travelers.
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