The Hiking Vacation (H.V.) is ideal for those guests seeking to have hiking as their core activity while on vacation. The Program consists of an air conditioned room with three daily spa meals, snacks, guided novice, intermediate or advanced hike, kayaking, caving and excursion. Massages ($75.00+), yoga classes ($30.00), tennis lessons ($70.00), cooking demonstrations and nutrition consults by our Registered Dietitians ($90.00) are available à la carte. Please note some of these classes require a 2 to 3 guest minimum and may not be available for last minute requests.
Appalachian Trail Adventures handpicked its hikes out of the 1,000 miles of trails in Vermont's Green Mountains. The majority of our hikes are in the Green Mountain National Forest along the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail, the oldest long distance hiking trail in the country. With over 20 years of experience, we have chosen trails with the best scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, historical features and lakes. Even our novice hikes will take you along beautiful country trails in the Green Mountain National Forest. In the fall, we offer some of the most spectacular foliage hiking in New England. We are located close to the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail to provide maximum access to the hiking trails.
Our Hiking Vacations are very flexible being for all ability levels, we offer daily hikes from novice to advanced levels. You can turn it up one day and go on an advanced hike and the next day take it easy with a beginner hike or half day hike. ATA customizes each guests' experience, we allow the hikes to be as long or as short as guests wish. Having a guide in front and rear enables some hikers on the same hike to go fast and some to go slowly.
On a full day hiking adventure, distances range from 5 to 10 miles depending on hikers' requests and weather. Hiking times vary from 4 to 8 hours with a picnic lunch that is provided. If time allows and guests desire, we provide an excursion to the local village or attraction.
We also provide a 2 to 4 hour and 3 to 6 mile local half-day hike for guests seeking an afternoon kayaking adventure or an excursion to the local villages or attraction. As an alternative or when in demand, we will visit a beginner cave post hike. Returning from the day's adventure, an a la carte yoga class is held before dinner for those interested. Please note some of these classes require a 2 to 3 guest minimum and may not be available for last minute requests. After dinner, guests may get together to watch one of ATA's nature themed movies. Guests also have the option of a massage after dinner or even post hike. Please see our Daily Schedule Page for more information.
The 2 to 4 hour local half-day hike is perfect for guests who need to check out, have a spa treatment, go solo exploring one of Vermont's attractions or villages, take a nap, sit by the pool or to participate in an à la carte activity such as rock climbing, tennis lesson or horseback riding.
After hiking, discover Vermont's unspoiled waterways drifting down a beautiful section of a river or a nearby flat water pond or lake. Central Vermont has many great areas to tour by kayak. Looking for a scenic paddle or a view from a different perspective? Kayaks are prefect vehicles to spot wildlife or a way to spend a beautiful afternoon. Our kayaking adventures are very flexible being for all ability levels with beginners being especially welcome. The typical afternoon kayak adventure consists of a 1 to 3 hour flat water lake paddle or a more adventurous river paddle.
For optimal health, fitness, stress reduction and weight loss results, including intermediate hikers who have a taste for adventure and want to summit Vermont's 4,000 footers, we recommend at least 7-14 nights or longer. For those serious hikers, ATA offers peak bagging where guests will have the opportunity to hike Vermont's 4,000 foot mountains. Those who summit all five of Vermont's 4,000 footers are awarded with a certificate of accomplishment. This accomplishment in the hiking community is referred to as peak bagging. We'll keep records of which peaks you have climbed. On your next visit or visits, when you finish the 4,000 footers, we award you with a 4,000 footer certificate. For more information visit the advanced hikes page.