2. Top Swimming Hole
Grab the rope swing and take a five-foot plunge into Ritterbush Pond, tucked in narrow, mossy, and deep Devil’s Gulch. Hike there via a three-mile out-and-back on a quiet segment of the Long Trail; start at the trailhead off VT 118, two miles south of Belvidere Corners.
3. Most Iconic Peak
The climb to the 4,083-foot, tundra-clad bald of Camel’s Hump is a Vermont rite of passage. Hike the Monroe Trail from Camel’s Hump Road for a 6.6-mile lollipop
4. Best Backpack
The southernmost 50 miles of the Long Trail feature starry skies, crystal springs, and views of four states. Start at MA 2 in North Adams, and hike to VT 30 near Mt. Bromley. Look for otter and loons at Stratton Pond, and moose near Story Spring Shelter.