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Best Outdoor Attractions in Vermont

Best Outdoor Attractions in Vermont
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by in May 2013

The Green Mountain State has plenty to offer in the Great Outdoors. Read our picks for the best outdoor attractions in Vermont for 2013.

Best Mountain Biking

Photo/Art by Trapp Family Lodge
Best Mountain Biking at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.

BEST OUTDOOR CENTER
CRAFTSBURY OUTDOOR CENTER, Craftsbury Common
Rated among the country’s best running and sculling programs (for beginners and pros), this is also a place to walk and mountain-bike, swim and sail. The rustic complex is set above Hosmer Pond on 400 acres, with more than two dozen trails and miles of farm roads to explore. Offers lodging (room, apartment-style accommodations, or private lakeside cottage) with three generous, healthy meals featuring fresh local produce, served buffet-style. Rates: from $108, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 535 Lost Nation Road. 802-586-7767; craftsbury.com

BEST TRAIL RIDE
OPEN ACRE RANCH, Fairlee
Rebecca Guillette offers an increasingly rare experience: the chance to ride out on genuine bridle trails through woods and rolling farmland. Her own 400 acres border town forest. All abilities are welcome, and more experienced riders won’t be disappointed. Lessons also offered. 1478 Blood Brook Road. 802-333-9196; openacreranch.com

BEST MOUNTAIN BIKING
TRAPP FAMILY LODGE, Stowe
Pedal, climb, and jump through forests and over meadows at this 2,500-acre retreat, which boasts some of Vermont’s most sought-after countryside. Discover 26 miles of single- and double-track terrain for beginners to daredevils. 700 Trapp Hill Road. 802-253-5755; trappfamily.com

BEST ROCK-CLIMBING INSTRUCTION
VERMONT ADVENTURE TOURS, Rutland
Guided rock-climbing tours include the popular cliffs at Rattlesnake Point (above the Falls of Lana) and the more-intense Deer Leap Mountain across from Pico Peak. Courses span the beginner basics of “Rock 101″ to more intense “Self-Rescue Technique” and are tailored to group size and ability. 223 Woodstock Ave. 802-773-3343; vermontadventuretours.com

BEST FARM-TO-FOREST HIKING
MERCK FOREST & FARMLAND CENTER, Rupert
More than 3,000 acres of Vermont’s working landscape were preserved in the 1950s in the Taconic Mountains. Farm and forest discovery hikes stretch between Mount Antone and Spruce Peak, with more-strenuous treks reaching each summit. Cabins, shelters, and campsites are dispersed throughout. 3270 Route 315. 802-394-7836; merckforest.org

Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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