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Smugglers Notch State Park Stowe

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Smugglers Notch State Park
6443 Mountain Road
Stowe
VT
05672
Tel: 802 253 4014

Directions

rom Stowe: Go 10 mi NW on Hwy 108, at Mt. Mansfield

Where are we going today?

Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed. The Park is a corridor park with developed facilities along VT 108. It consists of a campground, a picnic area, the \"Notch\" proper, and trailheads to some of the more popular hiking trails in Vermont.
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When can we go?

May 16 - Oct 19

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    We spent four nights here with three linked sites and had a great stay. Kids enjoyed the stream and trails directly behind one of the sites. We had a popup and while some sites won't accommodate them due to size, we had plenty of room. No hook-ups available so you'll have to be self-sufficient. Really nice facilities, only one shower but it's a small cg so if timed well there's minimal wait. Close to everything local. Lean to was easily large enough to accommodate a family with gear. Great fire pit with a rack for cooking. Heavily wooded, private...Read More

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    I was a park attendant aat Smuggler's Notch State Park,and in the eighties I trained many people for that position.Unless the state has sold parts of the park,it borders on Smugglers' Notch.The sides of smugglers' Notch are so steep that trees' roots cannot grow into the ground and hold it steady,so mudslides are comon several times a year,and hikers,espescially groups of hikers,are warned not to go there Of course in the 80's,when I worked as a ski instructor and part of their ski patrol in the winter and a park attendant the rest of the year,Stowe...Read More

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    A really quiet, clean and tucked away campground on a nice hill next to Stowe and Smugglers Notch. A good campground to go to if you are looking for a bit more privacy. Easy drive into downtown Stowe with lots to do nearby.

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by Johnny T

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We spent four nights here with three linked sites and had a great stay. Kids enjoyed the stream and trails directly behind one of the sites. We had a popup and while some sites won't accommodate them due to size, we had plenty of room. No hook-ups available so you'll have to be self-sufficient. Really nice facilities, only one shower but it's a small cg so if timed well there's minimal wait. Close to everything local. Lean to was easily large enough to accommodate a family with gear. Great fire pit with a rack for cooking. Heavily wooded, private sites. Quiet at night, very peaceful. I can highly recommend.

by Nicholas Liberatore

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I was a park attendant aat Smuggler's Notch State Park,and in the eighties I trained many people for that position.Unless the state has sold parts of the park,it borders on Smugglers' Notch.The sides of smugglers' Notch are so steep that trees' roots cannot grow into the ground and hold it steady,so mudslides are comon several times a year,and hikers,espescially groups of hikers,are warned not to go there Of course in the 80's,when I worked as a ski instructor and part of their ski patrol in the winter and a park attendant the rest of the year,Stowe was very small-Mount Mansfield,Smugglers Notch State Park,Smugglers' Notch, the Trapp Family Lodge,and the entrance to Stowe were all one road going east and west, which merged with route 11,which went north and south.7 miles north of Stowe Route 11 would end at Morrisville, and mergie into route 5,which went east and west..5 miles to the west it would go through Johnson,and 11 miles more it would reach Burlington.
As a semi-proffesional nature and macro photographer,I will guarantee that all 3 were great for taking scenic pictures.They also were loaded with covered bridges of a New Hampshire style,although with the increase in traffic and population some of them may have had to be torn down.

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