Smugglers' Notch State Park

Quick Facts

Smugglers' Notch State Park

Vermont

(802) 253-4014

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Things To Do

Overview

Welcome to Smugglers' Notch State Park. The famous Smugglers' Notch is a narrow pass through the Green Mountains. Lined with 1,000-foot cliffs, the winding road is closed in winter. In the earlier days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed here. Smugglers' Notch State Park was relocated in 2003. The new campground features sites that are further spread out, a new restroom facility that incorporates alternative energy and a location that gives easy access to Bingham Falls.

Map of Smugglers Notch (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.519866, -72.776408

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of birds have been spotted in and around Smugglers' Notch. Some include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk,goshawk, Cooper's hawk, sharp shinned-hawk, broad-winged hawk, junco, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, morning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, tufted titmice. The endangered Bicknell's thrush and the threatened peregrine falcon nest in the notch.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Located on the Smugglers' Notch Byway, there is a scenic secondary road that winds through the mountains providing outstanding views.

  • Camping

    Smugglers' Notch State Park has 20 tent/RV sites, 6 RV sites (no hookups) and 14 lean-to sites. The campground area has access to restrooms and hot showers. RV sanitary stations are near the contact station.

  • Climbing

    Rock climbing and ice climbing are popular in and around Smugglers' Notch. Several companies in the area offer courses and guides.

  • Fishing

    The Lamoille River near Smugglers' Notch provides ample fishing opportunities for those seeking to catch a range of species. Those found include: brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, large-mouth-bass, small-mouth-bass, bullhead, panfish, and crappie. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license. You can also fish in Sterling Pond and Waterbury Reservoir.

  • Hiking

    A connector trail attaches the campground area to an extensive network of trails going to the highest mountain in Vermont, Mt. Mansfield. Some of the more popular ones include Sterling Pond Trail and the Sunset Ridge Trail. Also, try Hell Brook Trail right near the campground.

    For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    The town of Stowe is a hub of tourist activities. Take advantage of all there is such as Smugglers' Notch Historic Site, (2 mi N Rte 108), the Toll Road (1 mi S Rte 108), the famous Trapp Family Lodge, Johnson Woolen Mills in Johnson, do the adrenaline sport of alpine sliding at Spruce Peak or a gondola ride up Mt. Mansfield. Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory is a short drive towards Waterbury.

  • Picnicking

    Smugglers' Notch is a scenic place for a rustic picnic. For those wishing to have a view while picnicking, a hike to the summit of Mt. Mansfield. A rocky outcropping at the top has spectacular views of Vermont and beyond to neighboring New York and New Hampshire on a clear day. Smugglers' Notch also has a picnic area with semi-private individual picnic spots with picnic tables and grills.

  • RVing

    Smugglers' Notch State Park has 6 tent/RV sites (no hook-ups) and a dump station near the ranger's quarters. The campground features a newer restroom facility that incorporates alternative energy and a location that gives easy access to Bingham Falls.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Smugglers Notch State Park. Visitors can spot commonly seen animals such as white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, woodpeckers, whitebreasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, vesper sparrows, alder flycatchers, chestnut-sided warblers, Bicknell's Thrush, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks and sometimes bald eagles. Reptiles and amphibians include wood frog, spring peeper, American toad, and yellow-spotted salamander.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to see the park in winter. There are no facilities or staff available, but visitors are encouraged to explore the park during the off season and enjoy the quieter time of year. The downhill skiing mountains and resorts are a few minutes drive from the park.

Seasonality/Weather

Open May 18 - a week after Columbus Day Weekend. Road access is closed during winter months.

Directions

Driving

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

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 253-4014

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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