Wildlife Viewing Tours

Renowned as “New England’s Last Frontier” and “The Real Vermonters Vermont” the Northeast Kingdom is Vermont’s largest and least populated region. This leaves plenty of room for vast forests, pristine rivers, deep lakes, rambling roads, spectacular vistas, prominent peaks and still marshes. Quite simply, the Kingdom is a nature lovers delight.

In the Kingdom we enjoy and protect our many parks, forests and wilderness areas. These lands provide habitat for abundant wild and birdlife as well as rare plants. Wild and birdlife noted in the region include moose, black bear, deer, bobcat, coyote, badger, fox, fisher, falcon, loon turkey, quail and many other species. Some believe that the legendary Catamount (a Vermont species of cougar once assumed to be extinct) may still be in the area as well. Although several significant sightings have been reported in the past decade, the wildcat’s return has yet to be officially confirmed.

Whether you are drawn by bird watching, fishing, hiking, or a desire to explore, the Northeast Kingdom is rich in trails and vistas and throughout the region visitors are able to immerse themselves into the preserved wild lands and pristine waters. If exploring on your own is not for you and you would like the learn some forest secrets from those who know them well, a guide service can lead you to the best place to angle for trout, spy a falcon, track a deer, spot a bear, navigate a stream, or follow a lost logging road.

We invite you to view some of our favorite trips below!



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  Barr Hill - The Nature Conservancy Greensboro
Their mission is to preserve & protect the plants, animals, & natural communities that represent the diversity of life on earth.

Greensboro, VT

802-229-4425
vermont@tnc.org





  Mount Pisgah East Trail Westmore
Elevation is 900 feet for this trail which connects to the Mount Pisgah trail.

Westmore, VT





  Victory Basin Wildlife Management Area Victory
Here you can spot bear, moose, beavers, birds and more. Hunting and fishing are also allowed.

Victory, VT





  Hosmer Brook Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
This moderate 1.3 mile trail winds through woods and along a quiet stream and features some rocky sections.

Groton, VT





  Montpelier Wells River Rail Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Montpelier Wells River Rail Trail is an excellent place for walking, bicycling or horseback riding.

Groton, VT





  Jay Peak - The Long Trail Jay
Part of the 270 mile Long Trail is America's oldest long-distance hiking path, stretching along the spine of the Green Mountains

Jay, VT





  Belvidere Mountain Lowell
The open-deck summit fires tower on Belvidere Mountain (elev. 3360') shows one of the nicest views in northern Vermont.

Lowell, VT





  Brighton State Park Island Pond
The primary attraction of this general area is its remoteness: mountains with tree-covered slopes, rivers and streams.
102 State Park Road
Island Pond, VT 05846

802-723-4360





  Big Deer Mountain Trail - New Discovery State Park Groton
This easy 1.7 mile trail passes through the forest and climbs up to scenic vistas and memorable views of Peacham.

Groton, VT





  Gore Mountain Trail Norton
This trail offers an exciting backcountry experience through beaver ponds, meadows, logging roads and steep granite bedrock.

Norton, VT





  Mount Pisgah South Trail Westmore
Breathtaking views of Willoughby Lake and surrounding mountains await you at the summit of Mount Pisgah. Elevation 2751 Feet.

Westmore, VT





  Osmore Pond Hiking Loop - Groton State Forest Groton
This scenic 2 mile loop begins at the Osmore Pond.

Groton, VT





  Little Deer Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
This .5 mile trail offers good views of Lake Groton and the surrounding mountains.

Groton, VT





  Owls Head Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Owls Head Trail is an easy 1.5 mile trail leading to a scenic vista of Lake Groton, Kettle Pond and the Green Mountains.

Groton, VT





  Brousseau Mountain Norton
Brousseau Mountain is one of the few nesting sites for Peregrine Falcons.

Norton, VT





  Hardwick Trails Hardwick
Hardwick Trails winds 10 K (6.4 miles) through mixed northern forest as a 4-season, non-motorized trail.

Hardwick, VT 05843





  Haystack Mountain Westmore
Haystack Mountain is appropriately named for its abrupt sides that climb steeply from all directions.

Westmore, VT





  Silver Ledge Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The 0.6 mile Silver Ledge Trail rewards you with views of Lake Groton and Beaver Meadows.

Groton, VT





  Wheeler Pond Trail Barton
A walk in the woods, half mile trail that goes around the south end of the pond.

Barton, VT





  Mad Brook Trail/Bald Mountain Westmore
The summit of Bald Mountain offers some of the best views of the region.

Westmore, VT





  Long Pond Trail/Bald Mountain Westmore
One of the best views of the region is to be found at the summit of Bald Mountain.

Westmore, VT





  Westmore Town Forest Westmore
This area contains a spectacular bog with many unique plants and a beaver pond.

Westmore, VT





  Kettle Pond State Park Marshfield
The campground has 47 tent/trailer sites and 14 lean-tos. There is a play area and access to miles of hiking trails.
4239 VT Rte 232
Marshfield, VT 05658





  Moose Mountain Trail Barton
From the overlooks of this trail there are partial views of the northern range of the Green Mountains and Lake Willoughby.

Barton, VT





  Wheeler Mountain Trail Barton
The main trail offers several scenic opportunities from open rock areas and an especially grand view of Lake Willoughby.

Barton, VT





  Mount Pisgah North Trail Westmore
Breathtaking views await you at the Summit of Mount Pisgah. Elevation 2751 feet.

Westmore, VT





  Loon Trail - Maidstone State Forest Maidstone
The Loon Trail is about 1/2 mile long and goes through lush, mossy woods along the shoreline to the south end of the lake.

Maidstone, VT





  Silvio O. Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge Brunswick
The Nulhegan Basin Division, part of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, was established to protect the diversity and abundance of native species within the 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River watershed.
5360 Rte. 105
Brunswick, VT 05905

802-962-5240





  Kettle Pond Trail - Groton State Forest Groton
The Kettle Pond Trail is a 3 mile moderate walk around a secluded lake.

Groton, VT





  Maidstone State Park/Maidstone Lake Guildhall
Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's state parks and still retains much of the wilderness character of the NEK.
R1, Box 388
Guildhall, VT 05905

802-676-3930





  Ricker Pond State Park Groton
Nestled in Groton State Forest, Ricker Pond State Park sits below the hustle and bustle of Lake Groton.
18 Ricker Pond Camp Ground Road
Groton, VT 05046





  Kingdom Trails East Burke
An extensive network of scenic recreational trails constructed to accommodate all levels of ability. NOTE, during winter the Nordic Center is at 2059 Darling Hill Rd in Lyndonville (across from the Wildflower Inn).
478 Route 114/Summer 2059 Darling Hill Rd/Winter
East Burke, VT 05832






  Mt. Hor and Summit Ridge Trail Westmore
Elevation 2648 feet. This trail offers 2 overlook points with a grand view of Lake Willoughby.

Westmore, VT





  Monadnock Mountain Lemington
Monadnock Mountain rises steeply above the Connecticut River and provides a unique view of the North Country.

Lemington, VT





  Bluff Mountain Trail Island Pond
The trail features views of the Nulhegan Basin and surrounding hills.

Island Pond, VT





  Long Pond Natural Area - The Nature Conservancy Greensboro
The Nature Conservancy manages 1,500 feet of shoreline around this remote pond surrounded by a softwood and hardwood forest.

Greensboro, VT





  Hazen's Notch Association Montgomery
HNA maintains miles of trails for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. They are also the Welcome Center for the area.
1423 Hazen's Notch Road
Montgomery, VT 05471

802-326-4799