Updated: 12/19/2013
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Camping, Fires & Overnight Sites

The Long Trail passes through private, state and federal land, thus the regulations for camping and fire building vary from one part of the Trail to the next. When in doubt about whose land you are on, please camp only in designated areas.  

There are about 70 GMC overnight sites spread no more than a moderate day's hike apart along the Long Trail System. They range from fully enclosed lodges to three-sided lean-tos and tent sites. All sites, although primitive, have a water source (purity and reliability cannot be guaranteed) and privy. Availability is first come first serve. A moderate fee is charged at overnight sites with GMC caretakers in the summer and fall.

As Leave No Trace explains: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: durable surfaces include established trails and campsites, rock, gravel, dry grasses or snow.  Protect riparian areas by camping at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.  Good campsites are found, not made. Altering a site is not necessary.  In popular areas: concentrate use on existing trails and campsites. Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent. In pristine areas: disperse use to prevent the creation of unplanned campsites and trails.  Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

"...they (shelters) were a delightful haven on the trail. We spent many nights listening to the rain on the rooftop, praising the structure for its dryness." 
-- Anonymous End-to-End hiker.

Information for groups here.  You can reach the GMC group outreach program here at (802) 241-8327 or groups@greenmountainclub.org

Private Land

Camping is limited to designated areas only. Fires are limited to permanent fireplaces at each site. Use of this land is permitted through the generosity of the landowners. Please do not abuse the priviledge.

State Land
Primitive camping is permitted below 2500 ft. Fires are permitted but discouraged below 2500 ft. Camping is limited to no more than 3 consecutive nights in the same area. Groups larger than 10 require a state primitive camping permit and should contact GMC group outreach program.

Federal Land
Camping between shelters is permitted along much of the Long Trail in the Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) between the MA border and Vt. 140 and between Sherburne Pass and Mount Ellen. Small wood fires are allowed.  Large groups should contact the GMC group outreach program.

Overnight Sites with Elevation and Distance
Following is a table of all overnight sites, listed south to north along with the distance between them, hiking times, capacity, and elevation. More detailed information can be found in the Long Trail Guide, the End-to-Ender's Guide, and the waterproof Long Trail map. Always hike with guidebooks and maps!

Shelter Elevation (feet) Capacity Distance (miles) Time, northbound Time, southbound
Pine Cobble Trailhead in Williamstown MA 630  
6.1 4 hr. 3¼ hr.
Seth Warner Shelter 2200 8
7.3 4½ hr. 4½ hr.
Congdon Shelter 2080 8
5.9 3¾ hr. 4 hr.
Melville Nauheim Shelter 2300 8
8.5 5¼ hr. 5 hr.
Goddard Shelter 3560 12
4.3 2½ hr. 3 hr.
Kid Gore Shelter 2800 8
4.6 3 hr. 3 hr.
Story Spring Shelter 2810 8
10.6 6¼ hr. 6 hr.
Stratton Pond Shelter (fee) 2620 20
5.4 2¾ hr. 2¾ hr.
William B. Douglas Shelter 2280 10
3.6 2¼ hr. 2¼ hr.
Spruce Peak Shelter 2200 16
4.9 2¾ hr. 3 hr.
Bromley Shelter 2500 12
7.8 5 hr. 5 hr.
Peru Peak Shelter (fee) 2550 10
4.7 2½ hr. 2¾ hr.
Lost Pond Shelter 2150 8
1.7 1 hr. 1¼ hr.
Big Branch Shelter 1470 8
3 2 hr. 1¾ hr.
Lula Tye Shelter (fee) 1865 8
0.7 ½ hr. ½ hr.
Little Rock Pond Shelter (fee) 1820 8
4.6 3 hr. 2¾ hr.
Greenwall Shelter 2020 8
5.4 3¼ hr. 3¼ hr.
Minerva Hinchey Shelter 1530 8
3.7 2½ hr. 2½ hr.
Clarendon Shelter 1350 12
5.8 3½ hr. 3 hr.
Governor Clement Shelter 1850 10
4.3 3 hr. 2 hr.
Cooper Lodge 3850 12
4.5 2½ hr. 3 hr.
Churchill Scott Shelter 2560 10
3.4 2 hr. 2 hr.
Tucker-Johnson Shelter (destroyed by fire) 2250 8
3.6 2¼ hr. 2¼ hr.
Rolston Rest Shelter 2240 8
7.9 4¾ hr. 4¼ hr.
David Logan Shelter 2620 8
6.5 4 hr. 4 hr.
Sunrise Shelter 2564 8
6.4 4 hr. 4¼ hr.
Sucker Brook Shelter 2440 8
7.7 5¼ hr. 5½ hr.
Boyce Shelter 3020 8
2.1 1½ hr. 1¼ hr.
Skyline Lodge 3380 14
1.9 1¾ hr. 1¼ hr.
Emily Proctor Shelter 3460 5
5.7 3¾ hr. 3¾ hr.
Cooley Glen Shelter 3130 8
6.5 4¼ hr. 4¼ hr.
Battell Shelter (fee) 3240 8
6.7 4 hr. 4 hr.
Glen Ellen Lodge 3430 8
1.9 1¼ hr. 1¼ hr.
Theron Dean Shelter 3320 5
4.4 2¾ hr. 3¼ hr.
Birch Glen Camp 2020 12
2.9 1¾ hr. 1½ hr.
Cowles Cove Shelter 2520 8
5.1 3¼ hr. 3¼ hr.
Montclair Glen Lodge (fee) 2670 10
5.6 4 hr. 4 hr.
Bamforth Ridge Shelter 1900 9
7.8 4 hr. 4¾ hr.
Duck Brook Shelter 670 12
5.9 4 hr. 3½ hr.
Buchanan Shelter 2310 16
4.5 3 hr. 2½ hr.
Puffer Shelter 3200 6
3.5 2 hr. 2¾ hr.
Taylor Lodge 1850 15
3.4 3 hr. 2½ hr.
Butler Lodge (fee) 3040 14
3.5 2¾ hr. 2¼ hr.
Taft Lodge (fee) 3650 24
5.5 3½ hr. 3¾ hr.
Sterling Pond Shelter (fee) 3030 16
3.5 2¼ hr. 2¾ hr.
Whiteface Shelter 3156 5
3.6 2¼ hr. 3 hr.
Bear Hollow Shelter 1380 12
7.6 4¼ hr. 4¼ hr.
Roundtop Shelter 1650 10
8.1 5½ hr. 5¼ hr.
Corliss Camp 1900 14
6.7 4 hr. 4 hr.
Spruce Ledge Camp 1515 8
8.5 6 hr. 5 hr.
Tillotson Camp 2560 8
6.2 4 hr. 4½ hr.
Hazen's Notch Camp 2040 8
5.6 4¼ hr. 4¼ hr.
Jay Camp 2200 10
3.3 2½ hr. 2¼ hr.
Laura Woodward Shelter 2800 8
4.3 2¾ hr. 3 hr.
Shooting Star Shelter 2260 6
5 3¼ hr. 3½ hr.
Journey's End II Camp 1720 8
0.7 ½ hr. ½ hr.
Journey's End Trail head / Road 1350  
 

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