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Michaella Sheridan | 12.02.2017

With deep snow and freezing temps, New England is known for its hardcore winters that drive most people to hibernate indoors. While those folks are cuddled up next the fire sipping hot cocoa, there are amazing trails, mountaintops, and waterfalls just waiting to be discovered by winter warriors. Sure, it might be chilly, but the rewards are well worth it.

The hills, valleys, and woods of New England take on a whole new form in the winter. Leafless trees make for stunning views, while snow-laden trails give reason to break out the snowshoes, skis, and snowboards for a chance to glide through nature. Whether you're itching for the first snow or counting down the days till it melts, don't miss out on these 12 New England adventures this winter. 

Orange Vista Trail at Devils Hopyard State Park

Experience the tranquil nature of winter in Connecticut as you follow icy streams through hilly forests filled with northern hardwoods and pines. Whether flowing or frozen, take time at the end of this 2.9-mile hike to admire Chapman Falls. 

Kimberlin Nature Education Center, CT

When the temps drop, take the kiddos to this education center, which serves as the hub for Audubon Connecticut staff. Plan ahead to catch a puppet show, educational activity, or live demonstration, and be sure to make time to explore the animal-centric exhibits and nature trails that wind through the property. 

Walden Pond + Adams Woods, MA

Walden Pond, the site where Henry David Thoreau wrote Walden, is amazingly popular during the summer months, so a winter hike in the woods surrounding this iconic pond allows for a peaceful, beautiful, and memorable adventure. 

Bolton Valley Nordic Center, VT

Close to the bustling city of Burlington and featuring over 95 kilometers of groomed and backcountry Nordic skiing trails, this is the ultimate New England getaway. Enjoy a day or two exploring the snowy trails and cap off the adventure with a Burlington craft brew, only a 30-minute drive away. 

Stowe Pinnacle, VT

Catch amazing views of snow-laden Stowe Valley from this relatively short hike. At 3.1 miles round-trip, this awesome out-and-back adventure is a fun winter wander to squeeze between sleigh rides and snowball fights. 

Smuggler's Notch Nordic Center, VT

Strap on a pair of snowshoes or skis and get to exploring this awesome snow park. Offering 34 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails and 24 kilometers of snowshoe terrain, there is plenty of room for beginners to learn the ropes and old pros to go on exciting excursions.

The Birthday Bowls, VT

While not quite a true backcountry boarding/skiing experience, this adventure is a great way to learn the ropes of backcountry travel or just escape the crowds at Smugglers Notch. With fun drops, a few manageable cliffs, and select-your-own-adventure appeal, this downhill experience is a must for those exploring the Northern Green Mountains. 

Little Jay, VT

A backcountry extension of Vermont's most popular skiing mountain, Jay Peak, Little Jay rewards adventurous explorers with virtually untouched lines through steep Vermont forest. 

Doublehead Mountain, NH

Hike to the top of this mountain in the winter and you'll be rewarded with amazing views of surrounding snow-capped mountains, a rustic cabin that's available for $20 per night, and an exciting ski, snowboard, or snowshoe back down.  

Mount Willard, NH

For a chance to get some fresh winter air without having to break out all the gear, take the short and rewarding hike up Mount Willard. At 3.2 miles round trip, the whole family can enjoy this hike through the New Hampshire winter woods. 

Table Rock Trail, ME

Explore this popular Maine trail during the winter to avoid the crowds and enjoy amazing, unencumbered views. While it's possible to hike this trail, bring along a pair of micro spikes, crampons, or snowshoes if you're visiting after a snowstorm. 

The Bigelows + Horns Loop, ME

Neighboring the popular Sugarloaf Mountain lies Maine's lesser known wilderness. Discover the uncrowded trails and peaceful winter views on this 15-mile lasso loop. 


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