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Camping Tips & Tricks: Kid-Friendly Hiking Trails

camping tips & tricks Want some tips on great places to hike? Here we present our favorite "kid-friendly" trails, with clickable trail guides.

These hikes are suitable for families with little kids under eight years old.

Your child might be older, or more adventurous. In that case, check out our complete Hiking Page.


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NORTHWEST | NORTHEAST | SOUTHWEST | SOUTHEAST

Vermont State Parks offers a wide variety of hiking opportunities. Whether you're looking for an easy, family-friendly hike or searching for outstanding views from a summit hike, or something in between, there is a trail nearby waiting for you. Here is our list of hiking trails for some ideas. Click on each map for a detailed description of the hiking available at that park or print out our Hiking Trails PDF for an easy-reference guide to all of our hiking trails.

NORTHWEST

Burton Island

Map of Burton Island Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
West Shore Trail 0.75 One way or loop to other trails Easy 1 hour Woodland, Lakeside Yes
North Shore Trail 0.50 One way or loop with Eagle Bay Trail Easy 30 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Eagle Bay Trail 0.50 One way or loop with North Shore Trail Easy 30 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Island Farm Nature Trail 1.00 Loop Easy 1 hour Woodland, Meadow Yes
Southern Tip Trail 1.00 One Way Easy 1.5 hours Woodland, Meadow, View Yes

Knight Island

Map of Knight Island Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
West Trail 1.00 Loop when combined with East or Cross Trail Easy 1 hour Woodland, Lakeside Yes
East Trail 1.00 Loop when combined with West or Cross Trail Easy 1 hour Woodland, Lakeside, Views Yes
Cross Trail 0.50 Connector Trail Easy 30 mins. Woodland Yes

Knight Point

Map of Knight Point Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Point Trail 1.00 One way or loop through park Easy 30 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes

Niquette Bay

Map of Niquette Bay Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Burns Trail 1.00 One way or loop with other trails Easy 20 mins. Woodland, Views Yes
Allen Trail 0.50 One way or loop with other trails Easy 15 mins. Woodland Yes

Underhill

Map of Underhill Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
CCC Road to Sunset Ridge 1.00 One Way Easy 1 hour Woodland Yes

Woods Island

Map of Woods Island Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Island Loop 2.00 Loop Easy 2 hours Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Cross Trail 0.50 One Way, Connector Easy 30 mins. Woodland Yes



NORTHEAST

Brighton

Map of Brighton Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Red Pine Trail 0.33 Loop with Main or Shore Trail Easy 20 mins. Woodland Yes
Main Trail 0.50 Loop with Red Pine or Shore Trail Easy 45 mins. Woodland Yes
Loggers Loop 0.25 Loop Easy 15 mins. Woodland Yes
Shore Trail 0.40 Loop with Red Pine or Main Trail Easy 20 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes

Elmore

Map of Elmore Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Beaver Trail 0.50 One Way Easy Woodland, Wetland Yes


Groton Forest Trails — Kettle Pond

Map of Kettle Pond Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Kettle Pond Trail 3.00 Loop Easy 2.5 hours Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Kettle Pond Portage Trail 0.25 One Way Easy 20 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes


Groton Forest Trails — New Discovery

Map of New Discovery Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
New Discovery to Osmore Pond 0.50 One Way Easy 30 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Osmore Pond Hiking Loop 2.00 Loop Easy 2 hours Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Little Deer Trail 0.50 One Way Moderate 30 mins. Woodland, Views Yes
Hosmer Brook Trail 1.30 One Way Moderate 1 hour Woodland, Stream Yes
Nature Trail 0.60 One Way Easy 45 mins. Woodland Yes
Owls Head 1.50 One Way Easy 1 hour Woodland, Views Yes


Groton Forest Trails — Ricker Pond

Map of Ricker Pond Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Cross Vermont Trail 10.00 One Way Easy Rail Trail, Woodland Yes


Little River

Map of Little River Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Nature Trail 0.40 Loop Easy 45 mins. Woodland, Stream Yes


Seyon Lodge

Map of Seyon Lodge Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Noyes Pond Loop 1.00 Loop Easy 1 hour Woodland, Lakeside Yes


Smugglers' Notch

Map of Smuggler's Notch Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Bingham Falls 0.80 One Way Easy 1 hour Woodland, Waterfall Yes


Waterbury Center

Map of Waterbury Center Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Peninsula Trail 0.50 Loop Easy 15 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes



SOUTHWEST

Bomoseen

Map of Bomoseen Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Bomoseen Hiking Loop 1.50 Loop Moderate 1 hour Woodland, Pond Yes
Slate History Trail 0.75 One Way Easy 1 hour Wodland, Slate Yes
Daniel Coffey Memorial Trail 0.75 One Way Easy 1 hour Woodland, Pond Yes


Branbury

Map of Branbury Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Nature Trail 0.50 Loop Easy 45 mins. Woodland Yes


Button Bay

Map of Button Bay Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Button Bay Point Trail 0.30 Loop Easy 15 mins. Lakeside Yes
Dog Walk Trail 0.25 One Way Easy 15 mins. Open, Lakeside Yes


Emerald Lake

Map of Emerald Lake Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Vista Trail 0.75 One Way Moderate 1 hour Woodland, Lakeside Yes


Half Moon

Map of Half Moon Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Shore Trail 0.30 One Way Easy 20 mins. Lakeside Yes
Daniel Coffey Memorial Trail 0.75 One Way Easy 1 hour Woodland, Pond Yes


Mt. Philo

Map of Mt Philo Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Summit Trail 1.00 One way to summit trails Moderate 1 hour Woodland, Summit Yes


Lake Shaftsbury

Map of Shaftsbury Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Healing Springs 0.75 Round Trip Easy 1 hour Lakeside, Woodland, Wetland Yes


Lake St. Catherine

Map of St Catherine Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Nature Trail 0.50 Loop Easy 45 mins. Woodland, Meadow, Stream Yes


Woodford

Map of Woodford Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Atwood Trail 0.50 Loop Easy 30 mins. Woodland, Lakeside Yes
Reservoir Trail 2.70 Loop Easy Woodland, Lakeside Yes



SOUTHEAST

Camp Plymouth

Map of CampPlymouth Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Echo Lake Vista 1.00 Round Trip Moderate 40 mins. - 1 hour Woodland, Lake view Yes


Fort Dummer

Map of Fort Dummer Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Sunrise Trail 1.00 Loop Easy 45 mins. Woodland, Views Yes
Sunset Trail 0.50 One Way Easy 25 mins. Woodland, Views Yes


Gifford Woods

Map of Gifford Woods Hiking Trail Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Old Growth Interpretive Trail 0.10 Loop Easy 10-15 mins. Woodland Yes
Kent Brook Trail 1.10 Loop Easy to moderate 45 mins. Woodland Yes
Pond and Waterfall Loop 3.50 Loop Easy 2.5 hours Woodland, Brooks, Pools Yes


Jamaica

Map of Jamaica Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
West River Trail 2.50 One Way Easy 2.5 hours Woodland, Riverside Yes


Lowell Lake

Map of Lowell Lake Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Lowell Lake Trail 3.00 Loop Easy 2 hours Woodland, Lakeside Yes


Molly Stark

Map of Molly Stark Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Nature Center Spur 0.20 One Way Easy 20 mins. Woodland Yes


Mt. Ascutney

Map of Mt Ascutney Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Summit Trail 1.40 Round Trip Moderate 2 hours Woodland, Mountain, Views Maybe


Quechee

Map of Quechee Hiking Trails Click on map for detailed trail information.
Trail Name Mileage Loop or One Way Difficulty Hiking Time Description Kid-Friendly
Quechee Gorge Trail 1.00 Round trip from bridge to bottom of gorge Moderate 1 hour Woodland, Gorge Yes
1.50 Round trip from Visitor Center to bottom of gorge Moderate 1.5 hours Woodland, Gorge Yes
1.50 Round trip from bridge to Dewey's Pond Moderate 1 hour Woodland, Falls Yes
2.00 Round trip from Visitor Center to Dewey's Pond Moderate 1.5 hours Woodland, Falls Yes

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