Home to some of the country’s most colorful fall foliage, Vermont paints a pretty picture for all types of campers. Vermont’s 273-mile Long Trail spans the entire length of the state — from Glastenbury Mountain to Killington Peak to Jay Peak — and crosses with the Appalachian Trail for some 100 miles. Vermont also boasts the highest number of breweries per capita, so you can always take it easy and kick back with a bottle or two instead.
Hundreds of acres of well-kept trails radiate outwards from Burke Mountain, meaning you’re spoiled for scenic hiking or biking routes. Alternatively, you could always take up beaver spotting along the shores of Missisquoi River. Wheeler Mountain is said to offer the state’s best adventure climbs. If you’re more into bouldering, Smuggler’s Notch and Groton State forest have plenty of granite slabs to tackle. For a change of pace, make your own bouquet at a lavender farm right by the Canadian border, dip into Lake Champlain near Burlington, or take a break at Ben & Jerry’s in Waterbury.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a prettier small town than Woodstock. While you’re there, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park has beautiful trails, the Ottaquechee is popular for fly-fishing, and the historic Billings Farm & Museum lets you milk cows. Outside town, when you’re not forest bathing in the deep woods, you could be stargazing in a sprawling meadow. At 165-feet deep, the jaw-dropping Quechee Gorge is Vermont’s deepest gorge — pro-tip: the Quechee Gorge bridge is the best spot to capture peak foliage snaps.
Located in the Green Mountain National Forest, it’s not hard to see why Norman Rockwell chose to call Arlington home for fourteen years. In fact, plenty of charming villages and historic towns are dotted all over southern Vermont — look out for early colonial settlement remains. Whetstone Station in Battleboro is one of the state’s best breweries (they never repeat a brew!), Black River is another fly-fishing paradise, and there’s plenty of backcountry trails to go off grid. Not to mention all the hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing options just minutes outside your campsite between Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain.