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Mount Equinox

1A Saint Bruno Drive, Arlington, VT 05250
802 362 1114
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Mountains
Activities: Hiking, Driving
Owner description: Drive this scenic mountain which is also used as a outdoor classroom for the study of various species of plants and animals. At 5.2 miles, the Mount... more » Owner description: Drive this scenic mountain which is also used as a outdoor classroom for the study of various species of plants and animals. At 5.2 miles, the Mount Equinox Skyline Drive is the longest privately owned paved toll road in the U.S. Those who prefer to hike can pick up a trail map at the Toll House. At the top of the mountain is our new Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center packed with info about Equinox Mountain and the Carthusian Monks. The private property which is 7,000 acres is owned by the Carthusain monks. A cloistered order of Catholic monks. There is the Catholic gift shop at the bottom of the mountain and also souvenirs from your trip. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Also, you have to pay about $20 to go up the mountain, which seems a little steep. Almost as steep as the drive, which had me a little queasy at times, and we had to stop a few times on the way down to give our brake pads a rest, as they were steaming! But the view from the top... More

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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The view from the top of Mount Equinox is very nice, with northern and southern viewing spots at the visitors center atop the mountain that allow you to see hundreds of square miles. The center also has some information about the monastery that owns the property and the people who donated it to the religious order. The roads are hairpin... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The brochure said you drive to the top, they are correct. There is a fee to access the road as this is privately owned property. The observatory at the top has great views and some interesting information inside. The short hike to Lookout Rock is worth it. We saw a snowshoe hare (or a fuzzy jackrabbit) along the trail.

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The cost to drive up is 20 dollars for a car and two people. You are warned that it is a difficult drive up with steep ascents and hairpin bends. This is true, but for anyone used to driving in European mountains then there is no problem. The views from the top as others have said are very good, and... More

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Topsham, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This road was worth the travel up. There is a beautiful place at the top to learn more about the history of the mountain and its owners and the monestary. There are 360 views once on top. I'd go up again and probably will.

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Hampstead, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Wasn't planning on stopping here but it was recommended by the hotel caretaker - and my teenage daughter thought it might be fun. We usually climb mountains on foot, not in a vehicle so it was a bit novel to drive to the top. A tad pricy ($25 for 3 people in a car) but worth it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are in Vermont, this is a must see. The views from the top are stunning! Make sure to arrive at 5 pm.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to Mount Equinox, but especially learning about its history from the friendly caretaker. The views on the way up as well as at the summit are spectacular and although we did the trail, we hope to return one day to try it out as I think it may be beautiful. It is well worth the toll... More

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Gahanna, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This is a beautiful drive to the summit and a very educational experience. Do try to pick a day that is not cloud covered on top of the summit or you will not be able to see anything. At the base, you need to pay a toll to drive to the summit. Along the road, you will see a monastery... More

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Breinigsville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This drive is roughly 2 miles that can be taken after paying a toll at the toll house downhill. The drive is very beautiful. It has some mesmerizing views and is perfect even to hike. It has a small office at the summit with restrooms and picnic area. The view of the lake and the monastery is simply superb. This... More

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