Green hills, fly fishing and hundreds of miles of scenic hiking… these are just three of the attractions RV camping fans will find in Southern Vermont. Spend your days whitewater rafting or strolling quiet village streets, but definitely plan to spend time this year at one of Southern Vermont’s tree-filled RV campgrounds.
To make planning your RV camping vacation simpler, here are ten things you should know about Southern Vermont:
- Bennington, Brattleboro and Bellows Falls are just three of the picturesque towns vacationers love. Southern Vermont’s villages are famous for handcrafted art, working farms and historic spots like Robert Frost’s grave.
- Vermont’s wild rivers are the perfect setting for whitewater rafting and kayaking, The West River is a favorite for visitors who enjoy getting wet on vacation.
- Green Mountain National Forest is four hundred thousand acres of outdoor recreational opportunity! Two National Recreation Areas, eight primitive wilderness areas and access to three national trails (see #6 below) make it the perfect place to bike, hike, boat, fish and camp.
- Two man-made bodies of water, Harriman Reservoir and Somerset Reservoir, offer outdoor enthusiasts boating, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities in Southern Vermont. (Paddlers will especially enjoy the quiet coves at Somerset.)
- Memorable Southern Vermont RV campgrounds include:
- Famous hiking trails dot the landscape throughout Southern Vermont.
- Appalachian Trail: The famous “A.T.” winds one hundred fifty miles through Vermont, in a wide variety of terrain. Don’t miss the chance to hike a piece of history.
- Long Trail runs the length of Vermont and also gives Southern Vermont visitors the chance to hike one of the oldest trails in America.
- The Robert Frost National Recreation Trail (PDF) honors the work of this venerable American poet on short loops suitable for most campers.
- Covered Bridge Driving Tours allow visitors to experience in-depth the charm of the Vermont countryside. Here’s a helpful website with lots of information about these historic structures and how to find them.
- Southern Vermont’s Scenic Drives such as the Equinox Skyline Drive and Vermont Scenic Route 100 are guaranteed to provide awe-inspiring views year-round.
- Southern Vermont’s famous outlet malls provide great savings to make your vacation even more worthwhile. Here’s a link to information on malls near your RV campground.
- The arts are definitely being celebrated in Southern Vermont, with such attractions as the Norman Rockwell Museum in Rutland, exhibits and performances at world-famous Bennington Center for the Arts, and the annual Putney Crafts Tour.
The green hills of Vermont are waiting to welcome you and your RV. There’s something to enjoy for every kind of motorhome camper. Pick your favorite activities from the links above and make a trek to Vermont this year.