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Best Damn Weekend Ever: Vermont’s Bourn Pond-Stratton Pond Loop

Hike this burly wonder to find out what inspired the Appalachian and Long Trail's founders.

Plan it

The Way
From Manchester Depot, go 0.6 miles toward Manchester on VT 11/30. Turn south on East Manchester Road, then bear left on Old Rootville Road (dirt). Drive 0.5 miles and park by the gate.

The shelters are quiet in June and post-Labor Day. The Green Mountain Club discourages hiking here during mud season (from snowmelt through Memorial Day).

Vermont’s Long Trail ($9; The Wilderness Map Company;

Contact Green Mountain National Forest-Manchester District, (802) 362-2307,

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