Appalachian Trail, Vermont: Killington Section
The Fund helped the National Park Service acquire more than 600 acres near the Killington Section of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont. An estimated 1,500 hikers currently use this section of the Appalachian Trail each year, including approximately 500 thru-hikers.
In Vermont, the Appalachian Trail joins the historic Long Trail as it follows the ridgelines through the Green Mountain National Forest. In the central part of the state, the trail leaves the national forest, separates from the historic Long Trail at Killington and bears east in a narrow corridor through the Green Mountains and the Chateauguay-No Town toward the New Hampshire border.
Located in the heart of a large undeveloped forested area known as Chateauguay-No Town, the acquired tract creates a protective buffer against development along a one-mile stretch of the trail. The property also connects state-owned Les Newell Wildlife Management Area with several privately owned conservation lands to create a core area of protected lands encompassing more than 9,000 acres.