Photo of the Week: Green Mountains of Vermont

People say you’ve got to see Vermont in the autumn, when the fall foliage is spectacular. But I think the state is gorgeous in the summer, when the mountains are green, just like their name suggests. Some would argue that winter in Vermont, with alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter sports, is the time to go.

The Green Mountains of Vermont are such the defying feature of the state, that the state is actually named “green mountain” from the literal French translation. There is only one real city in Vermont, the rest of the state is rural with small towns in the river valleys. The Green Mountains are visible nearly everywhere and almost any hike, bike ride, or drive, is a scenic one.

I recently spent a couple days hiking in the Green Mountains. In the Breadloaf Wilderness of the Green Mountain National Forest, I connected onto the Long Trail, which actually predates the more famous (and longer) Appalachian Trail. The Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States, created between 1910 and 1930, snaking its way 272 miles from the border of Massachusetts to Canada.

Text and photos by Stephen Bugno

Stephen Bugno has just returned from Southeast Asia and has now set off to discover the places a little closer to home. He blogs at


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Breadloaf Wilderness Green Mountains NF stream

moose poop

Green Mountains view


big mushrooms

Breadloaf Wilderness stream

Breadloaf Wilderness

wild apples from national forest