Stratton Mountain, Green Mountain National Forest, Stratton, VT, USA

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Stratton Mountain, Green Mountain National Forest, Stratton, VT, USA

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Stratton Mountain is prime for adventurer

It's easy to see why that great American adventurer Benton MacKaye conceived of the famous Appalachian Trail while standing atop Stratton Mountain. This is a picture of wild America. A place where spruce forests roll into the distance, where the Green Mountains serrate the horizon, and where the ridges are dressed in impenetrable woodland. Or, at least, it was impenetrable, until MacKaye came with his historic walking trail and the Stratton Mountain Resort cleared those beautiful tree-lined runs for the winter riders. You can taste this untamed corner of Vermont yourself with Stratton Mountain vacation rentals.

Get out there in Stratton Mountain

Calling all outdoorsy types, Stratton Mountain is a veritable mecca for adventure in the great Vermont wilderness. It's not only covered with world-famous hiking tracks, it was the very birthplace of the Appalachian Trail. These days, that's bolstered by a whopping 97 runs, 625 acres of skiable terrain, and acclaimed snowboard schools in the on-site winter resort, which keeps the intrepid folk coming when the snows fall. Cue the ubiquitous après bars and grill houses, ski-in Stratton Mountain vacation rentals, alpine spas, and sports centers, all crowding the base of the slopes.

Slopes, trails, and more in Stratton Mountain

Scale the peak of Stratton Mountain in the summer and you'll be able to augment those panoramic views with a trip to the top of the Stratton Lookout Tower. From there, you might be able to make out the courses of the Appalachian Trail, which wiggles through the forests of Vermont right to the base of the resort. In the winter, it's the Stratton Mountain Resort that takes center stage with its world-class ski runs and 5 individual snowboarding parks. And for rainy days? Perhaps a trip to nearby Hildene for history lessons and tours of the Georgian grounds?

Sun or snow on Stratton Mountain

There are really only two groups of travelers that flock to Stratton Mountain each year – the summer adventurers and the winter adventurers. The first bed down in Stratton Mountain vacation rentals close to the Appalachian Trail and the hiking routes to the summit. They typically come for the warm, clear days between May and August. The second opt for lodges near the chairlifts, in search of the snow plumes and ski conditions of the months from December to March.

Stratton Mountain offers sweeping views

Stratton Mountain is the jewel in the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forests. At 1,200 meters up, it's the highest point in the Green Mountain range, too. From its top, you can survey the whole region, which is all protected reserve. There are rolling swathes of evergreen forest. There's kayak-spotted Somerset Reservoir. There are wildflower meadows that seem to burst into a thousand colors come the spring. For hiking trails, look no further than the world-famous Appalachian Trail, which passes the base of Stratton before moving deeper into New England.