This hike leaves the highway about 6 miles east of bustling Manchester. Amidst the plethora of designer outlets in the village, there are numerous services and distractions for hikers, not the least of which is a US Forest Service information center where Green Mountain National Forest maps and advice can be obtained. Hikers with an interest in botany may enjoy a pre-hike stroll on the Boswell Botany Trail at the Southern Vermont Art Center in Manchester Center (802-362-1405). More than thirty types of ferns and eighty types of wildflowers grace the pathways here. The plants commonly seen on the trail are here too, labeled for your edification – trillium, clintonia, trout lily, hepatica, lady’s-slipper, and the many ferns. A
250-year-old sugar maple makes a stately centerpiece in the art center’s sculpture garden.
From the guidebook “Exploring the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in Southern New England” Manchester , VT – Hiking – 17.3 miles