Hiking and Biking: 6 destinations
Take I-95 to Exit 5A onto Route 102 South. Go 1 mile and turn right onto Route 3 South, and right again at the blinking light onto Route 165 West; 3 miles later, you’ll see a sign for Arcadia Management Area. Turn right and park anywhere along this dirt road.
Sterling Pond, Stowe. This 1.3-mile hike on the Long Trail to the Sterling Pond shelter starts at Smuggler’s Notch, one of the most majestic sights in all of New England. Cross Route 108 and continue on the rock steps up the side of the ridge. The views get better with every steep step. At the top of the slope sits Sterling Pond. Follow the white blazes to reach the shelter, a small lean-to at the edge of the pond maintained for backpackers by the Green Mountain Club. Allow 2 hours.
Park at Smuggler’s Notch on Route 108, 10 miles north of Stowe, 8 miles south of Jeffersonville. greenmountainclub.org