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Smugglers Notch State Park

6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-5111
+1 802-253-4014
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Up, up and away

The scenery if the best and there is lots of walking but very steep paths. Driving through the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
philip t
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Quick Stop at the Smugglers caves

We quick stopped at the Smugglers caves after having breakfast at McCarthys's restaurant in Stowe... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Giovanny R
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This narrow path through thousand-foot cliffs, once a smuggling route into Canada, is now a park used for biking, hiking, picnicking and rockclimbing.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“sterling pond” (30 reviews)
“huge rocks” (4 reviews)
“bingham falls” (15 reviews)
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6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672-5111
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The scenery if the best and there is lots of walking but very steep paths. Driving through the Notch is a must but it is very narrow. Great 1/2 day out from Stowe.

Thank philip t
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We quick stopped at the Smugglers caves after having breakfast at McCarthys's restaurant in Stowe, Caves are along the hwy (not sure what HWY that is we used google map) very easy to get in and out plus the drive is pretty.

Thank Giovanny R
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My sister and I drove through the notch on our way to Jeffersonville and it was a trip! The next day we drove back through on our way to Stowe. We decided to stop and read some of the history of the notch. We were...More

Thank Lydia A
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful area to drive through and see the lovely views so it is worth planning a road trip to include this area. Very narrow pass and a small amount of parking so that you can pull over near the visitor's centre to...More

3  Thank LAW64
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

My whole family loved this park. We had my parents, who are about 60, four of us in our late 20's, a toddler, and a baby. Everybody had a blast! The drive through the notch is beautiful and doesn't take long. I suggest taking the...More

3  Thank MainerGirl90
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Reviewed 1 July 2018

an excellent view and a unique experience. the road is very narrow .. about 1.5 lanes... carved out of the rock with hairpin turns. A look back into what pioneers must have experienced going over a mountain pass but your version is paved. aslo the...More

4  Thank Kim12342013
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Amazing place to be one with nature. The road is very windy and beautiful areas to pull over for a nature walk or picture. Great sustainable bathroom and hiking trails with beautiful rocks to see!

2  Thank Mercy A
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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Smugglers Notch, which separates Mount Mansfield—the highest peak of the Green Mountains—from Spruce Peak is a great place for hiking and rock climbing for all members of the family big or small. There are bathrooms available which is great if you have young children with...More

2  Thank Marf13669
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

The parking area was good, with decent restrooms. We chose the short hike to the cave and the huge rocks and lush vegetation was beautiful. There is a much more strenuous path originating from the same parking lot but we didn't try that one.

2  Thank timekeeper13
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Avoid in May! We were met with waist-deep snow halfway up, and it made for a treacherous hike. It was certainly beautiful at the peak, however. We're typically well-suited for a "3 hour and difficult" hike (per the trail's description), but it took us a...More

2  Thank smc6176
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PaulineRehoboth_MA
14 August 2018|
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Response from Lydia A | Reviewed this property |
Driving through.. about a 1/4 mike. It’s hair raising! If you stop and hike trails... once you round the notch..as long as you like! It’s an amazing exsperience!
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BUBrat2
25 July 2018|
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Response from Kim12342013 | Reviewed this property |
Valid question, but hard to answer without any background on what you are looking for. Better for what? Smugglers is very pretty but Mansfield has a better view. Both have hiking and skiing. Not the best answer for you... More
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