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Smugglers Notch State Park

6443 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
802 253 4014
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Ranked #3 of 17 Attractions in Stowe
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic Drives, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
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, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
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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102 reviews 102 reviews
57 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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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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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6 helpful votes 6 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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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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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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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The ride up the mountain is very scenic. Road is curvy and narrow but well worth it! See the cave where they kept their stash.

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Pensacola, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Beautiful fall foliage views. Nice hiking trails and bike paths. The road gets a little tight at some points.m

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Kansas City, Kansas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you're in the area, don't miss the drive through Smuggler's Notch! It is incredibly beautiful, and some of the most beautiful scenery we saw on our trip. We stopped at the Basin area and walked the trail to the big waterfall. We were told the Flume was even more gorgeous, but this was a better choice for me as... More 

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Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The road is tricky for big vehicles but the rock formations are amazing . Just be sure you're not prone to motion sickness.

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