It should come as no surprise to you that the Green Mountains that surround the charming town of Killington, VT, provide thrill-seekers and avid hikers with a seemingly endless network of mountaintop trails within minutes of The Killington Group’s vacation rentals. While there’s no off-season for backcountry hiking in our neck of the Vermont hardwoods, there’s no denying the jaw-dropping beauty during the lush summer and autumn’s foliage. Whether you’re hoping to discover a rushing waterfall or hike to the top of a mountain’s peak, you’ll always be a short drive from our affordable, top-rated Killington accommodations. We’ve conveniently compiled four of our favorite Killington hiking trails, ranging from “hard” to “easy,” to ensure that your adventure-based escape into the Green Mountains is nothing short of flawless.
Deer Leap Overlook Trail
The 1.9-mile Deer Leap Overlook Trail is just a five-minute drive from most of our contemporary Killington condo rentals. Not only is Deer Leap ideal for hikers of all skill levels thanks to its gradual elevation gain, but it also provides some of the best Green Mountain valley views at its peak. The well-marked path itself is enclosed by pretty wildflowers, sugar maples, and beech trees. If you’re hoping to extend your stay inside Gifford Woods State Forest Park, we recommend challenging yourself on the arduous Sherburne Pass Trail to Pico Peak.
Bucklin Trail to Killington Peak
Bucklin Trailhead rests directly in-between the cities of Killington and Rutland in the heart of the Green Mountains. The out-and-back journey to Killington Peak spans 7.2 miles in total with a strenuous elevation gain of nearly 2,500 feet. In the end, this full-day excursion is quite rewarding as you’ll earn sweeping views of three mountain ranges, including the Adirondacks, the White Mountains, and, of course, the Green Mountains. If you’re hoping to conquer one of the most challenging Killington hiking trails this summer, we highly recommend Bucklin Trail.
Leffert’s Pond Trail
One of the last remaining hidden gems among Killington hiking trails rests near the village of Chittenden. Leffert’s Pond Trail is an easy, 1.6-mile, out-and-back hike that’s quiet, scenic, and exceptionally colorful during autumn’s peak. Only locals, dog walkers, and savvy travelers know about serene Leffert’s Pond, which is among our top recommendations for those hoping to picnic near a calm lake.
Thundering Brook Falls
Thundering Brook Falls is less of a hike and more of a pit stop, but that shouldn’t stop you from seeking out this popular yet undeniably gorgeous waterfall. During summer’s hottest stretches, the refreshing, surprisingly hurried currents in Kent Brook are an ideal place for a quick soak. Many thrill-seekers climb the falls, but make sure that you’re wearing the correct footwear.
Top-Rated Killington Vacation Rentals
The four aforementioned Killington hiking trails are within a short drive from all of our vacation rentals. Feel free to browse through The Killington Group’s collection of house, condo, and townhome rentals located throughout the city. We’re located at the foothills of the Green Mountains, where you’ll discover top-rated craft breweries, world-class mountain biking, championship golf courses, and the award-winning Killington Adventure Center. To book a well-deserved adventure-based escape to Vermont, please give us a call today at 1-802-422-2300.