The Long Trail: Logistics

This page is formatted for a south bound hiker. If you are a north bound hiker, simply reverse the directions. Enjoy!

Getting To The Trail:  The Vermonter is a reliable train line offered by Amtrak, which provides service ranging from  Washington DC to Northern Vermont.  The northern terminus of the Long Trail is much ‘harder’ to reach than the southern terminus in the sense that it is much more out of the way and requires a bit more planning. I got off the train at the Waterbury station and then walked 1 mile to the Best Western Hotel.

The Vermonter Route
The Vermonter Route

The Green Mountain Club built and maintains the Long Trail today.  The GMC is a great resource for Long Trail hikers. They supply contact information to a few Trail Angels that will drive hikers to the trail head. This service is also possible for the southern terminus but is not necessary because it is possible to reach by public transport or the much traveled Appalachian Trail. Trail Angels usually charge a low rate for their services.

You cannot get dropped off directly at the trail head. Take the Journey’s End Trailhead and follow it to the Canadian border, and the Long Trail Northern Terminus.

I chose to start my thru hike with 5 days of food.

Resupply 1: Stowe, Vermont (63.3 Miles From Canada)

Miles To Town: 8 

Hitchhike Difficulty: Easy

Resupplied: 5 days of food

Full Grocery Store, Health Food Store

Outfitter: AJ’s Ski and Sports

Restaurant(s): RimRock’s Tavern

Laundromat: Yes

Closest Shelter North: Sterling Pond (3.7 Miles)

Closest Shelter South: Taft Lodge (1.7 Miles)

Resupply 2: Waitsfield, Vermont (109 Miles From Canada)

Route 17
Route 17

Miles to Town: 7

Hitchhike Difficulty:

Resupplied: 5 days of food

Resource: Shaw’s Market

Outfitter: ClearWater Sports

Restaurant(s): Mad Taco

Laundromat: Yes

Closest Shelter North: Birch Glen Shelter (2.6 Miles)

Closest Shelter South: Theron Dean (1.8 Miles)

Resupply 3: Killington, Vermont (167.8 Miles From Canada)


Miles To Town: 1

Hitchhike Difficulty: Easy

Resupplied: 4 days of food

Resources: Killington Market

Outfitter: Killington Sports

Restaurant: Scrub-A-Dub Pub

Laundromat: Yes

Closest Shelter North: Willard Gap (1.4 Miles)

Closest Shelter South: Churchill Scott (2 Miles)

Resupply 4: Manchester Center, Vermont (217.7 Miles From Canada)

up for breakfast

Miles to Town: 4.5

Hitchhike Difficulty: Easy

Resupplied: 4 days of food

Resources: Price Chopper

Outfitter: Eastern Mountain Sports

Restaurants: Up For Breakfast, Thai Restaurant

Closest Shelter North: Bromley Lodge (1.8 Miles)

Closest Shelter South: Spruce Peak (2.8 Miles)

Southern Terminus: Williamstown, Massachusetts


To leave the Southern Terminus of the Long Trail you can follow the Cobble Trail Path for 1.3 miles or continue along the Appalachian Trail south 4.1 miles.

I chose the AT, as it is a beautiful hike, then walked west on Massachusetts Ave for three miles into Williamstown, Mass. This is a bustling area with good public transport and several colleges. I arranged for a friend to pick me up but public transport can get you to any major airport hub in the northeast.

One thought on “The Long Trail: Logistics”

  1. Congrats on your threw hike.
    I’m new to hiking I live in Ma. about 1.5 hrs from Williamstown I would like to do a section hike from here is there any over night parking near the trail at Pine Cobble or AT.
    thanks for any help

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