Hiking Trails & Waterways of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom

Learn the story of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom through expert-led walks, a canoe adventure along the Northern Canoe Trail and excursions to a sugar house and working dairy farm.
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Program No. 19119RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The spectacular Northeast Kingdom of Vermont is the setting for a hiking and canoeing adventure against the famed backdrop of New England’s lustrous fall foliage. Hikes on trails and farm roads beneath the autumn leaves bring you face-to-face with the nature, culture, customs and history of this unspoiled region, while canoeing outings provide a unique vantage point on the ecology of Vermont’s pristine lakes and rivers. Learn firsthand why the National Geographic Society has named the Northeast Kingdom the “most desirable place to explore in the country.”
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Physical activity 3-5 hours a day. Varied terrain. Participants must be able to swim.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Meet local food producers on field trips to a few of the Northeast Kingdom’s diverse organic farming operations.
  • Canoe to Hosmer Point on Big Hosmer Lake beneath a canopy of vibrant fall leaves and hike to the summit of Barr Hill to experience the foliage from another angle.
  • Learn about the impressive recovery of Vermont’s loon population with the state’s foremost loon biologist.
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Eric Hanson
Eric Hanson is the biologist for the Vermont Loon Recovery Project, a joint program of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the state’s Fish and Wildlife Department. The project brings together citizens and other lakeshore property owners, businesses and conservation groups to secure the future of endangered Vermont loons (the total number of breeding pairs in the state had at one time dipped to seven). Eric has previously studied loon biology in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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