Vermont Scenic Drives
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Smugglers’ Notch Circular Scenic Drive
Smugglers’ Notch earned its name way back in the early 1800’s and carried the tradition on during the Prohibition Era. It’s a narrow road that winds its way around large boulders as it passes across Vermont’s highest peak, Mount Mansfield. There are good hiking trails to enjoy, but just driving through is fun. The road is closed from late November through snow season, some time in April. This circular drive begins in Hyde Park, goes the zip liner canopy adventure Arebortrek, and visits a number of small towns including Stowe. Click here for printable directions for Smugglers’ Notch scenic drive.
Vermont Covered Bridge Scenic Drive
Hyde Park to St. Johnsbury, Vermont
This is Vermont Route 15, otherwise known as The Grand Army of the Republic Highway, 40 miles of Vermont farmland and small towns through rolling hills along the Lamoille River. The Lamoille Valley Rail Trail follows pretty much the same path but meanders a bit more toting up 53 miles from its start in St. Johnsbury to the village of Hyde Park. The trail is reserved for non-motorized use until snow season when snow mobiles join hikers and cross-country skiers. Stops along tjis scenic drive include the Cabot cheese factory where you can taste a series of cheeses of different ages to find your favorite, a unique railroad covered bridge, and a charming library with a collection of Hudson River school landscape paintings. Click here for printable directions for the Hyde Park to St. Johnsbury scenic drive.
Two miles east of Hyde Park, go straight through the rotary to stay on 15 East. Then immediately past McDonald’s on the right there is a Price Chopper grocery store with picnic supplies.
10 miles farther along, look for a covered railroad bridge on the right. At the moment it is still being renovated, but it will become part of the bike trail. There is a little picnic ground next to the river. Because it was designed as a railroad bridge there is a cupola running along the roofline, the only one still in existance