Monday, August 2, 2010

living | smugglers notch state park stowe vermont


smitten with smugglers notch... We continued our exploration of Vermont's state parks this past weekend with a camping trip out to Smuggler's Notch State Park in Stowe, Vermont. We had an absolutely fabulous weekend nestled in the heart of Vermont's gorgeous green mountains. Even the weather was perfect. Warm during the day and sweater cold at night.


The trip out to Stowe has always been one of my favorite road trips. It is a five hour ramble over mountain ranges and across pastoral farm land. No highways. No clutter. Simply the most scenic views every which way you turned.


You take a breath taking zig zagged climb up the mountain past ginormous boulders that line each sharp curve. As soon as you crest the top of the mountain, you'll come to Smuggler's Notch State Park. A quick stroll down a path and we arrive at our perfect site. Located completely private in the woods, you immediately hear the chatter of the cascading waterfalls that flow just a short walk away.


The trail path along Bingham Falls in the campground was an easy walk for us all to take. The falls themselves are modest and quite serene. When the sunlight dabbles through the trees to glisten on the water, it is downright magical.


We stopped often to snack on a couple of blackberries or to check out some cool mushrooms. The forests floors were alive with Indian Pipes, moss, mushrooms and wildflowers galore.


Outside the campground, the towns of Stowe and Waterbury provide great get-aways. If you are into trails for walking, biking, whatever... Stowe is your town. The entire town is connected via a huge expanse of trails that cross over old trestle bridges and take your through the woods.

We had to make a special stop in Waterbury at Cold Hallow Cider Mills. I had heard word of their donuts prior to ever heading out there. Gourmet magazine had named their cider donuts one of the top four donuts in the country. They did not disappoint. Warm, apple spiced goodness served to in a light, airy donut. Later that day, we regretted that we only bought one each.


First Maidstone, now Smuggler's. Vermont has provided us with another fabulous camping adventure this summer. We're already planning on coming back to both parks, only next time we'd like to stay a few days longer.

14 comments:

El said...

I'm so glad you had a good time. Stowe is a super place to visit. Have you been down rte 100 in the opposite direction? (i.e. through Waterbury, Waitsfield, etc.) Glorious!

Monet said...

What a beautiful trip...I loved seeing all of the stunning scenery and the fresh berries you found on the trail. But what really won me over...those cider donuts. Yum!

Carol said...

Beautiful post... you share so many details of beauty. A mini natural history post. Looks like a wonderful vacation. Verdant Vermont is extraordinarily stunning.

June said...

I love a road trip without highways! How lucky for me that I can take the same one as you just did...someday. Thanks for the guided tour!

taylor said...

*sigh* I just LOVE Vermont. I spent a week in that part of Vermont in July and decided right then and there that I'd spend some time in Vermont every summer. Gorgeous photos, too! Thanks!

Patty said...

The trip looks fabulous...and now I am craving doughnuts...can we take that same drive from Camden to that state park?

Flighty said...

A lovely post and photos! That sure looks and sounds like a wonderful place. Flighty xx

a tasteful garden said...

thanks for all your shared appreciation of Vermont. i had a friend of mine ask me why i keep going over to Vermont. i can only respond with "have you not seen Vermont?"

El, we only made it a little past Waterbury but we're definitely headed back again to continue that route. simply beauty at its finest.

Patty, I can send you the directions we took. From Camden it would probably take you 6 1/2-7 hours to get out there, but the drive is one of the best parts of the trip so it goes by fast.

Tina @ Squirrel Acorns said...

That looks great! I was just planning a potential camping weekend to Smuggler's Notch for this summer. We are from Maine as well, and I love that meandering path through the mountains to get to Vermont. My mouth is already watering at the picture of the cider doughnuts. We'll be tent camping with our 7 and 8yo boys. Any opinions on the best camp sites in the park?

a tasteful garden said...

welcome Tina! you and your boys will have a blast at Smuggler's. our site was T02 and it was perfect for a family of four. private and scenic with a babbling stream running along side. the whole campground was pretty nice, but i suggest booking a site that is along the outside perimeter of the park loop.

enjoy your trip!

Tina @ Squirrel Acorns said...

Thanks so much! That looks like a great site.

kellypea said...

Found you on the VT state park site while looking for more personal info on Smuggler's Notch. We're in Stowe right now getting ready to leave through that area hoping to see beautiful views. We loved the drive here from Maine as well -- just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

a tasteful garden said...

I hope you are having a fabulous trip kellypea! Isn't it the best drive? Well, maybe not in the heart of winter ;) The family and I are definitely headed back next summer!

karlamae said...

nice one....I love reading food blog.....

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