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Where can I hike in Franklin County? Check out these 8 local spots. | Things to do






A sign marks the start of the Saddle Trail.




FRANKLIN COUNTY – Looking for a fun place to hike in or near Franklin County? Here are eight places to explore alone or in company.

St. Albans City Forest

Length: 4.1 miles

Type of trail: Network

Location: 731 Forest Drive,City of St. Albans

Located in St. Albans? Walk these trails that wind through the woods and wind near a beaver pond.

Pets are allowed on a leash and the park is free to enter. There are a variety of loops ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.

The forest is managed by the City of St. Albans.

Swanton Recreational Trail

Length: 1 mile

Type of trail: One way

Location: South River Street, Swanton

The Swanton Recreational Trail connects ball fields, businesses and residents to all that Swanton has to offer.

The trail includes a truss bridge that was previously located in West Milton over the Lamoille River before being moved to its current location spanning the Missisquoi River.

The trail is also part of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail which when completed will cover 93 miles from Swanton to St. Johnsbury.

Stephen J. Young Swamp Trail

Length: 1.4 miles

Type of trail: Loop

Location: 94 Tabor Road, Swanton

Hike through the marshes with this unique trail in Swanton. Listen to the chatter of geese and ducks as they stop en route south this fall.

The trail is preserved by the National Department of Fish and Wildlife and is part of the Missisquoi National Wildlife Reserve.

The trail is closed during deer season, this year from the second Saturday through fourth Sunday in November, and muzzleloader season, this year from December 3-11.

Black Creek and Maquam Creek Nature Trails

Length: 1.5 miles

Type of trail: Network

Location: North River Street, Swanton

These two nature trails cross fields, woods and wetlands. Keep a watchful eye out for birds and mammals large and small hidden behind trees and wildlife.

There is no overnight camping allowed at this daytime facility and pets must be kept on a leash.

The trail runs alongside two streams, and at the end of the trail there is a lookout for viewing wildlife and rustic landscapes.







Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Cyclists and runners enjoy the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail in early May.



Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail

Length: 26.1 miles

Type of trail: One way

Location: Berkshire, Enosburg, Fairfield, Richford, Sheldon, City of St. Albans, Swanton

This trail stretches through Franklin County and features a variety of terrains. It takes you deep into the farmlands of northwest Vermont.

The trail begins just outside of Richford before gradually heading south through Franklin County to St. Albans. You can expect natural and agricultural beauty throughout the trip.

Although the trail can be walked and cycled, snowmobiles are also permitted.

Round Pond State Park

Length: 1.1km

Type of trail: Network

Location: 27 E. Shore Road, South Hero

This trail includes two prairie loops that are mowed a few times per season as well as a one kilometer wooded hike to a Lake Champlain beach.

The area is open to hunting, so be careful during the fall and spring hunting seasons. The parking lot is not plowed in winter.

100 acre woods

Length: 2 miles

Type of trail: Network

Location: 2739 VT Route 104, Fairfax

100 Acre Woods includes a loop trail called the Logging Loop Trail and a trail that crosses the loop called the Blue Central trail.

The land was bequeathed to the City of Fairfax by the Cross family of St. Albans. The land was overused by RVs and overgrown before being managed more broadly by the city beginning in 2008.

Hard’Ack hiking trails

Length: 3.8 miles

Type of trail: Network

Location: 179 Congress Street, St. Albans

This trail system is conveniently located in the heart of St. Albans. The area is also known as Aldis Hill Park.

There are five trails that make up the network and most are easy except for the intermediate level tower loop.