Fall Hiking Killington VT
So you’ve come to Killington to experience fall at its finest. Since you can’t see it always, you need to see it all ways. Assuming you flew or drove here, you’ve already viewed the leaves by car or by air.
(But in case you haven’t, here’s a list of the best scenic drives.)
Now, to truly get in touch with nature, see fall by foot. Put on your most comfortable shoes, pack water and snacks … and blaze a trail.
The trails are ablaze this time of year, bursting with fiery reds and oranges and golds. They will make you feel all the feelings.
One of our favorite trails is the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, a lovely choice for literary lovers, as well as those who have never read a single poem. (Trust us, you’ll be inspired to compose one in this divine setting.)
As far as the level of difficulty, this is a fairly easy hike – only 1.2 miles that should take you around 45 minutes to an hour if you stop to read all the poems lining the way. It’s not completely groomed, so don’t get so caught up in the scenery (or poetry) that you forget to watch for roots and rocks. This trail traverses a diverse range of terrain. It begins in the woods, then comes to a bridge over a small creek before delving deeper into the forest, where it ultimately joins with the Water Tower Cross Country Ski Trails. (Add these to your path for a longer hike.)
Every few minutes, you’ll find a different Robert Frost poem. And if you’re anything like us, you might find yourself contemplating each one until you arrive at the next. This is the perfect hike if you want to do some thinking, or just get lost in the wonder of the woods … and words.
Along with the poetic, there are other posts that label the types of nearby trees, and yet others still that highlight the mountains you can see in the distance, or the wildlife you might encounter along the way.
The trail goes along and around through a lovely meadow, which we were delighted to discover had turned bright red with the fall foliage. It was breathtaking. From there, you curve back along the aforementioned creek, where the path rejoins itself to cross the bridge and return to the parking lot.
Deer Leap Trail and Overlook is the perfect spot to visit in the fall because of its expansive view of the surrounding mountains, which look so different now than in summer or winter. Instead of lush green or frosted white peaks, you will now see dots of red, yellow and purple. The reason this area is named Deer Leap dates back to when Native Americans first used the overlook as a means of hunting. They chased the deer to the edge of the cliff, where they were forced to leap to their death.
But enough about that … back to the beautiful scenery.
Kent Pond Trail is a fairly short jaunt. Just follow a little path from the parking lot to the waterfall. There’s a quaint bridge leading to a pristine pond. You may find people fishing or enjoying a picnic lunch at the nearby tables. This is something to see, as the colors of fall reflect off the pond’s calm waters.
Thundering Falls is another quick hike, with a boardwalk that leads to a thundering waterfall. It’s only a 5-minute stroll to the falls, not at all strenuous. For this reason, it is very popular with tour buses and may be more crowded.
What we learned: In the sentiment of Robert Frost, always take the road less traveled.