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Smugglers Notch State Park

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Address: 6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Phone Number: 802 253 4014
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Activities: Driving, Viewing foliage
Description: This narrow path through thousand-foot cliffs, once a smuggling route into...
This narrow path through thousand-foot cliffs, once a smuggling route into Canada, is now a park used for biking, hiking, picnicking and rockclimbing.
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Fabulous scenery

We traveled the notch road on our visit and loved it. The drive can be a challenge, but if you are careful you will get to see a wonderful route. There are lots of places to park... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Saint Sauveur des Monts, Canada
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Saint Sauveur des Monts, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We traveled the notch road on our visit and loved it. The drive can be a challenge, but if you are careful you will get to see a wonderful route. There are lots of places to park at the top and new toilet facilities are being installed. The hikes look good and I did do one of them from that... More 

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Meredith, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Visit here in the fall... From the drive to get here through the park itself, this is quintessential Vermont beauty. Although foliage is a bit unpredictable from year to year, aim for mid October for best viewing. Columbus Day is too crowded, but midweek is much more reasonable. Enjoy!

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We parked at the Notch parking area and hiked the entire length of the Sterling Pond Trail to the pond. It's a very strenuous climb and there was a lot of running water on the trail on the day we hiked. Make sure you come prepared with good hiking shoes and plenty of water, bug spray and sunscreen. Sterling pond... More 

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Moira, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

The weather was dreadful and the mountain toll rod had closed because of the torrential rain so we drove through the notch instead. The middle bit is narrow windy and bounded by interesting rocks right up to the roadside, it takes a bit of concentration to go round the hairpins with no visibility of oncoming traffic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went here for the first time and were so impressed. We stayed in a lean to and it was perfect! It rained so we had great shelter. The site was secluded but still very close to the incredibly clean bathrooms. Every time we went to the restrooms they had just been cleaned. The sites offered privacy,... More 

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Brookfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The rock formations here are beautiful and there is tons to explore right off the road if you're not afraid of a little bit of scrambling. The drive is fun, too, if you're not made anxious by narrow roads, sharp turns, and steep climbs....

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

It was great fun driving my sports car through the notch. It's a beautiful spot. Closed a good part of the year so check before you go.

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Somehow we thought this would be alot more exciting than it was. The history of it was more exciting! Very narrow driving; alot of cars were parked all over the sides of the road which was slightly anxiety-producing.

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Carmel, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

If your looking for a great family resort for family bonding Smugglers Notch has it all. Entertainment every day and night as well as camp for the kids. The camps are great and the kids loved participating in them everyday. My older daughter has met some friends and have kept in touch with them ever since and they are planning... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We skied Smugglers Notch three days during our trip and had a wonderful experience. I took group ski lessons, my younger son was with the kids camp and my older son and husband did private lessons. All of us had amazing instructors and really progressed with our skills. The resort has lots of family friendly runs and fun terrain for... More 

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Address: 6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Phone Number: 802 253 4014
Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Stowe

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