Underhill State Park is a part of Vermont’s 34,000-acre Mount Mansfield State Forest. The park is on the western face of Mt. Mansfield, nearly half way up the state’s highest peak. Over the summit ridge is the Stowe Mountain Resort, one of North America’s original ski areas.
From Underhill Park there are four hiking trails to the summit ridge of Mt. Mansfield. The Sunset Ridge trail (3.2 miles to the summit) is the most popular.
Vermont’s Long Trail traverses the summit ridge and, with several trails up both sides of the mountain, many loops are possible. The ridgeline is almost entirely above tree line, so on clear days you have unobstructed views of the surrounding peaks and valleys, even to Lake Champlain in the distance, and New York’s Adirondack mountains far beyond. Mount Mansfield is one of the two spots in Vermont where you will find true alpine tundra, a vegetative type more common in arctic zones far to the north.
Underhill State Park is a relatively small and quiet park with tent and lean-to campsites, but no shower facilities. Many of the park’s log lean-tos and stone fireplaces were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930’s. A separate group camping area, accommodating up to 70 people in nine lean-to’s, is available and provides a private area for groups booking space. Group or individual reservations may be made up to eleven months in advance through the central reservations call center at 1-888-409-7579 Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM