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Explore Nearby Chittenden on Your Killington VT Vacation

Killington, Vermont, is famous for its incredible winter activities. But what is there to do for the rest of the year? There are tons of things to do in Killington during the summer and plenty of local destinations to explore.

When the snow is melted, you experience another side of Vermont. Chittenden, VT is one destination that is worth a day trip from Killington. 

About The Area

Chittenden Reservoir in Killington

Just eight miles northeast of Rutland lies Chittenden Reservoir, the kind of natural paradise local city folk only dream of. It is a 750-acre reservoir surrounded by Green Mountain National Forest in the Crossroads of Vermont. There is little lakefront development here because Central Vermont Public Service owns the lake, which means the area’s natural beauty remains pristine and untouched. 

Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking all are extremely popular here. With seven miles of shoreline, there are many coves and small bays ideal for canoes and kayaks. The surrounding forest is home to many animals, such as moose, loons, bald eagles, osprey, beavers, black deer, river otter, red foxes, and much more. 

The Chittenden Reservoir is the perfect day trip for any visitor to Vermont. From Killington to Chittenden, simply follow the US-4 West for approximately 30 minutes, and you will arrive at the public park entrance.  

Book Your Next Stay

After exploring Chittenden, return to the comfort of your Killington vacation rental. For small family getaways, we offer cozy, two-bedroom condo rentals. If pets are an important part of your family, pet-friendly Killington rentals are also available. We hope your Vermont vacation is everything you could hope for. Staying in our Killington condo rentals will be an unforgettable experience!

Hiking Trails

There are tons of Hiking trails around the Chittenden area, and they are the best way to experience the forests and spot local wildlife. 

Canty Trail is a local favorite for hiking near Killington, VT. It is a moderate out-and-back forest trail with woodland views, cascades, and a scenic view at the top of Blue Ridge Mountain. You can find the trailhead off Old Turnpike Road, though keep your eyes peeled as it’s not well marked. The trail begins fairly level and at about 1.5 miles becomes much steeper as it begins to point up the mountain. Along the way, you can stop and enjoy the scenic Cascades, a beautiful waterfall tumbling down a rockface. Upon reaching the summit, you’ll have a partial view of Pico and the surrounding mountains to the east and north, but you’ll also see out to the Coolidge Range and as far as the Adirondacks. If you visit during spring, you may be fortunate enough to see a multitude of Trillium and other wildflowers covering the forest floor.

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Lefferts Pond Trail is a slightly easier alternative, offering a wide and gently rolling trail through the woods. The maximum elevation change is 200 feet, and the average trip time is 1.5 to 2 hours. It provides a wonderful view of Lefferts pond near the reservoir, and there are also many opportunities to connect with other local trails, like the Round Robin Trail and Wildcat Road. 

The Chittenden Brook Trail is also a worthwhile hike. Trails meander next to beautiful brooks and travel through tall trees for a maximum of 7.5 miles. The trail network is designed for cross country ski and snowshoe use but is just as pleasant without snow. One can use this trail to connect with the Long Trail National Recreation Trail, which is famous for continuing all the way to Canada.

Baird Farm Maple Syrup

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After all the exercise and fun Killington VT outdoor activities, you’ll have worked up an appetite. What is a trip to the East Coast without trying some freshly made maple syrup? Baird Farm is Chittenden’s best source for organic maple products. You can visit the farm for a tour to see how maple syrup is made and even get to sample some products. Of course, you can purchase as much maple product as you can pack in your suitcase. It’s the perfect gift for family members back home!

Visit them at 65 West Road, North Chittenden. The farm is open from Wednesday to Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are by appointment only, so schedule yours on the Baird Farm website.