The Green Mountain Club Stewards of Vermont's Long Trail
The Green Mountain Club (GMC) founded, built, and maintains Vermont's Long Trail, the oldest long-distance hiking trail in America. The Long Trail spans the high peaks through Vermont from the Massachusetts state line 270+ miles to the Canadian border. In addition to maintaining and protecting this "footpath through the wilderness," membership and volunteer contributions support land conservation, education programs, and stewardship of Vermont's mountain lands just as we have since 1910. Read more »
Don't miss the 2013 Annual Meeting at Stratton Mountain Resort on June 7-8. Enjoy group hikes, a natural history lecture, birding, stories from our looooong time Stratton Mountain caretakers, and more. Learn more and register here.
The Winooski Footbridge Working to Establish a Safe, Appropriate and Permanent Route for the Long Trail through the Winooski River Valley
After a century of the Long Trail crossing the river by a farmer's row board, a railroad trestle, dangerous fording, and a road bridge without a sidewalk, the Green Mountain Club is close to finally bringing America's oldest hiking to and over a footbridge across the Winooski River. A new route for the trail has been secured, and we expect to begin work this summer on a 220-foot pedestrian footbridge across the river in Bolton, Vt. We have raised much of the one million dollars that the project will cost – but we need broad and generous member support to reach our goal of $1,400,000.
The momentum is going strong! We'll be crossing the Winooski via a gorgeous bridge soon! Let Daan Zwick, GMC caretaker in the 1930s and '40s (and volunteer caretaker into his 80s) and lead donor of the project, tell you why this matters:
Special Gift Opportunity: Be an essential part of the Winooski Footbridge by supporting at the Plank ($250) or Cable ($1,000) level. Or consider purchasing several planks or cables! Donors at these levels will be permanently displayed at the Visitor Center.Please click here to make a donation.
A spring vista near the Long Trail in Bolton Notch. Photography by Paul Hansen.
Please be advised, the Green Mountain Club, The Long Trail, and the club's logo are federally registered trademarks of the Green Mountain Club, Inc.
May News & Events
Mud Season 2013
Trails Are Closed During Mud Season, from April to Memorial Day Read more »
End-to-End Workshop - May 16
Free Workshop Available in Person and Streamed Online Read more »
Annual Meeting 2013 at Stratton Mountain
Everyone is invited to attend this annual event with hiking and fascinating presentations - and discussion of GMC's work. Read more »
Bob Northrop, Long Trail Legend
Seven-time end-to-ender and dedicated supporter of GMC died recently at the age of 92. Read more »
Major Matching Gift Announced for Winooski Long Trail Footbridge Project
Donors to the footbridge and relocation project in Bolton will see their contributions matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000 starting Feb. 1, 2013 Read more »
Trail Updates and Conditions
Closures, Relocations, Maintenance Work, Word from the Trail Read more »
Winooski River Footbridge
A New and Improved Footpath Through the Valley Read more »
Hiking to Return to Bolton Valley
The Club is Working to Rehabilitate the Old Bolton Lodge and Provide Side Trail Access to the Long Trail in Bolton Valley Read more »
Spring 2013 Long Trail News
Bolton Lodge, Benton MacKaye's 1900 Visit to Vermont, Ferns and Photos, and More Read more »
Release: 'Mud Season': Stay Off the Trails to Protect Them
Green Mtn. National Forest, State of Vermont, and Green Mountain Club together urge hikers to stay off the trails during mud season. Read more »
Green Mountain Club Welcomes Energy Siting Commission Recommendations
The governor's commission recommended a package of policy improvements including consideration of cumulative impacts, greater weight to Act 250's criteria, and much-needed process improvements. Read more »
21st Annual James P. Taylor Series
Calendar Listings 2012-2013 Read more »
Download A Hike
Select a hike and download it for just $.99! Read more »
The Green Mountain Club Show
The Green Mountain Club Produces a Monthly Show on CCTV, Channel 17 in Burlington Read more »