Appalachian Trail – Long Trail

The Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail

The Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail are one and the same throughout the length of Bennington County. The Long Trail was the first long distance hiking trail in the US (running the length of Vermont) and was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail. Access points for the trail are located in Bennington, Arlington, and Manchester. Both Bennington and Manchester have been designated “A.T. Communities” that support hikers and encourage stewardship and appreciation of the trail from citizens.

To learn more:

Green Mountain Club and the Long Trail
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Green Mountain Club, Bennington Section Hiker Resource Page
Bennington A.T. Community Hiker Resource Map

White Rocks – Bald Mountain Hike

White Rocks / Bald Mountain Hike

A local favorite! Park at the trailhead located on North Branch Street in Bennington.

See the description in Trailfinder (CLICK HERE)

National Trails Day

National Trails Day

National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation and exposure nature. Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of services the trails systems offer.

Lake Paran

Lake Paran
(swimming, fishing, canoe rentals)

Lake Paran is a small lake with great views of the surrounding mountains, and the only swimming spot on our list that has lifeguards on duty in the summer. The lake and surrounding recreational lands are part of a local nonprofit, Paran Recreations, which is dedicated to helping people enjoy the beauty of nature and having healthy fun outdoors! We are also stewards of the Paran watershed working to keep our environment safe and clean for now and the future.

There is a small, sandy beach to relax on, a floating dock, charcoal grills, a bathhouse and pavilion, and a concession stand with the best grilled cheese sandwiches around. Canoes can be rented for $10 per hour.

269 Houghton Street
North Bennington, VT 05257


(802) 442-8457

Bennington Area Trail System

BATS (Bennington Area Trail System)
(Biking, hiking, trail maintenance)

BATS was founded by a group of local bikers, runners, and hikers that advocate for multi-use singletrack trails for the enjoyment of area residents and visitors alike.

George Aiken Wildflower Trail

George Aiken Wildflower Trail
(Walking, trails, history)

Trails adjacent to the Bennington Museum, 1/3 mile long, populated by volunteers with native wildlife.

77 Main St.

Greenbergs Headwaters Park

Greenbergs Headwaters Park
(Nature, bird watching, trails)

413 Route 7S

Greenberg Conservation Trails

Greenberg Family Conservation Area
(Hiking, walking, trails)

96 acres, part of the One World Conservation Center. Meadows, wetlands, and woodland.

413 Rte 7S


Blue Trail

Blue Trail
(Hiking, walking, trails)

Part of the Bennington College trail system, through the wooded parts of the campus.

1 College Dr
Bennington, VT 05201

The Tubs

The Tubs
(Trail, hiking, walking, swimming)

The Upper Tubs waterfall is a popular swimming hole for locals that can be reached after an easy hike through the Pownal woodland.

This is a “leave no trace” area… please be sure to pack out all trash.