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Smugglers Notch State Park

Address: 6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
Phone Number: 802 253 4014
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Ranked #3 of 40 things to do in Stowe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic drives, State Parks, Historic walking areas, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Driving, Viewing foliage
Owner description: This narrow path through thousand-foot cliffs, once a smuggling route into Canada, is now a park...
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Type: Scenic drives, State Parks, Historic walking areas, Outdoor Activities, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
Activities: Driving, Viewing foliage
Owner description: 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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Satellite Beach, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We skied and skied and skied. It was a safe and fun atmosphere for the whole family. Didn't get in the car once...a true vaca

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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We were here for the Foliage Season from Australia. Incredible foliage and views, the like of which we never see in Oz.

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Vermont
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Gorgeous year-round. Good for anything from leisurely drive in summer months (closed to vehicles in winter) to hiking up the long trail, rock or ice climbing, etc. Hike up to Sterling Pond is great for families that are in fair to decent shape. Great place to hike, snowshoe or ski with a dog in Winter (PLEASE pick up after your... More 

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Rumson, New Jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The Notch has some of the best accessible rock climbing and scrambles in the area. There are moderate to difficult hikes up the mountains with beautiful scenery, waterfalls, forests, alpine lakes, etc. It does get crowded on weekends and busy times, and parking can be difficult.

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112 reviews 112 reviews
62 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We were in this area of Vermont the 3rd week in September and it was very pretty. We expected a bit more...coming from SD and Needles Highway and Ironman Road which have much more to see. In fact we drove by and went back again...and thought...is this all there is??

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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The drive is amazing but there are also many different areas to stop and hike that are perfect for the half day we did here. I wish we had longer to explore but the waterfalls and rocks we climbed were entirely memorable and amazing. We climbed the rocks like a jungle gym and for about an hour felt like kids... More 

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Harrington, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The most enchanted forest with a beautyfull sinous road and bolders. Just like in the faery books It's a must see

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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have heard many mountain passes called "notches" but this one takes the cake. Literally, you will squeeze between gigantic granite rocks that the road barely passes through. It is a beautiful drive between Stowe and Smuggler's Notch. You can stop and explore many beautiful trails and rolling creeks along the drive. At fall peak, this road offers some of... More 

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australia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Beautiful drive up the mountain to see this unique spot in the Fall- parking can be difficult but well worth the drive.

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Victoria, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We drove through Smugglers Notch State park in the peak of the fall colours. There were many hikes that you could take, but we were limited on time so we didn't explore any of them. Someone was selling maple syrup at one of the parking lots. Some very narrow roads with tight corners. Drive it slowly and enjoy the trip.... More 

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