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Smugglers Notch State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Smugglers Notch State Park
Description - The 25-acre Smugglers Notch State Park acquired its name as a result of an early 1800's trade embargo created by President Thomas Jefferson. The narrow foot and horse trail was a route of commerce between Vermont and Canada. Today the high elevations support alpine plant species and offers spectacular viewing opportunities to the visitor. A 38-site campground is also offered.

Attractions - Smugglers Notch is a narrow pass through the mountain with 1,000 foot cliffs on either side. In the early days, only a footpath and trail for horses existed.

In 1807, President Thomas Jefferson passed an embargo act forbidding American trade with Great Britain and Canada. This was a severe hardship for northern Vermonters, since Montreal was closer than other markets. Many people, therefore, continued illegal trade with Canada, herding cattle and carrying other goods through the Notch. Later, fugitive slaves used the Notch as an escape route to Canada. During prohibition in the 1920's, liquor was smuggled from Canada over the improved road that was built in 1922.

Many species of plants found in Smugglers Notch are endangered and grow nowhere else in Vermont. These plants are alpine species and thrive in the arctic-like conditions of the moist, cold, rocky cliffs. This area is also a historic nesting site for the peregrine falcon. The higher elevations also provide an opportunity to view fall hawk migrations. Rustling in the trees, you are likely to spot a white-throated sparrow, junco or black-poll warbler.

Recreation - Smuggler's Notch State Park is a narrow rugged pass between Mt. Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The towering cliffs and ledges are an excellent environment for rare arctic plant life and for viewing the peregrine falcon. In addition to the tremendous views, a 38-site campground is offered. The Smuggler's Notch Scenic Highway (SR 108) is the main road through the recreation haven. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Smugglers Notch Historic Site, (2 miles north Route 108); Toll Road (1 mile south Route 108); Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe; Johnson Woolen Mills, Johnson; Alpine Slide, Spruce Peak; Gondolas, Mt. Mansfield; and Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - From Stowe travel 10 miles northwest on SR 108 to reach the park.


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Contact Information:
Smugglers Notch State Park, P.O. Box 7248 Mountain Road , Stowe, VT, 05672, Phone: 802-253-4014

Additional Information:
Mt. Mansfield State Forest - Mt. Mansfield is State Forest is Vermont's largest forest encompassing 37,242 acres. It is one of the state's favorite recreation areas lying west of the resort town of Stowe and stretching south to Duxbury and north to Cambridge.
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Stowe Mountain Resort - Stowe Mountain Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in the East. With 47 trails and skiing elevations nearly 4,000 feet high, this year-round resort offers 10 lifts, with an hourly capacity of over 12,000.
The Long Trail - The Long Trail travels north-south 265 miles from the Massachusetts state line up along the main ridge of the Green Mountains to the Canadian border. Some of New England's finest scenery may be viewed while hiking this path.
Underhill State Park - Underhill State Park is within Vermont's 34,000-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest. The park lies at the headwaters of Brown's River at an elevation of 2,000 feet.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

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Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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