What we're about

Our website, www.benningtongmc.org, has a host of information to assist you in enjoying the outdoors of Southern Vermont. This group is for anyone interested in hiking, walking, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, trail maintenance, and outdoor activities. Bennington is located in the beautiful Green Mountains and close to the Appalachian/ Long Trail. We are one of the sections of Vermont's Green Mountain Club (GMC) which, since its founding in 1910, has been the protector of Vermont's backcountry - the forests, ridges and mountains that make the Green Mountain State a special place to hike and explore the outdoors. Our first members built the 270 mile Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada, completing the nation's first long-distance hiking trail.
Our club's members have a wealth of outdoor experience in the local area. All skill levels are welcome, please check the specific activity to see the difficulty range. We look forward to exploring the outdoors with everyone! Please check the Green Mountain Club Bennington Section website for more information. www.benningtongmc.org
In April and May we have trail maintenance trips to spruce up sections of the Long Trail, including from Harmon Hill, south of VT Route 9 in Woodford, north to the top of Glastenbury Mountain. We also take care of the Nauheim shelter (Maple Hill, near Route 9) and the Goddard Shelter (Glastenbury Mountain).
We have two potluck get-togethers a year, usually in November and January, and usually with a speaker or slide show, as well as a summer picnic at Lake Shaftsbury where we can swim and kayak.


Please remember meetups are social events and not a professionally guided trips. By participating in a trip, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents. Always come prepared and properly equipped. In the event of an emergency, your fellow members will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.

By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.

Please note: the organizers of this meetup group reserve the right to remove anything they deem inappropriate from this site.

Upcoming events (3)

Conscious Eldering, with time in Nature

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You are invited to a 6-week exploration of Conscious Eldering beginning this month on Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30pm. Conscious Eldering is a way of looking at our "later" years--maybe as much as a third of our lives--with intention, purpose, letting go of what no longer serves us, and offering to ourselves, our families, and our community, the fruits of the wisdom and experience we have gained over the years of our lives. If you are newly retired or about to retire, or if you'd simply like to join with others who are in this stage of life, please join us. This group, not limited to members of Second Congregational Church, is open to anyone willing to commit to all 6 sessions. Email Lorna Cheriton ([masked]) if you are interested. Deadline to commit: the end of Monday, Sept. 19.

Hike in White Rocks National Recreation Area, Wallingford, Vermont

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Meet at Bennington Rec Center. 9:30 a.m.
Hiking Distance: roughly 5 miles.
Total elevation gain: 1500 feet

Hike to the “other” White Rocks, the one NOT in Bennington. In fact this one is the more famous one, at least to the National Forest Service. Getting to the trail head will require almost an hour drive from our meeting point.

This hike has two parts, The first part is a short hike (0.8 mi one way) on the Ice Beds trail, to a point at the base of the white rocks where ice is said to persist in a hole all through the year. After returning to the parking lot, we will then hike on the Keewaydin trail up to where it meets the Long Trail. We then will head south on the LT until we reach the White Rocks Cliff. This is about 1.5 miles from the parking lot.

If the weather is clear, we will have great views of the fall foliage to the south and west. An adventurous option is to climb up the White Rocks from the ice beds at the base, up to the cliff. Some of you may choose to try that, and meet the rest of us at the top of the cliff.

Dress for the weather, in layers as the temperature is likely to change during the day. Bring sturdy shoes, a trail lunch and water. This is not a hike that would be suitable for dogs.

Note that to be included on this hike you will have to sign up on Meetup no later than September 30:

Limit : 12 hikers

Hike Prospect Mountain, Woodford

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Easy paced hike up Prospect Mountain, Woodford via the beautiful, remote Mountain trail, which is a steady climb with a 600 foot elevation gain. Some nice views from the ski trails at the summit of 2767 feet.
Hike down the access road, for a total distance of about 3 miles.
Some exploring at the summit is an option.
Back to Bennington by 4pm.
Meet at Bennington Rec Center at 1pm.
Leader: Tim Marr
Prefer RSVP via meetup, or call/text[masked]. Wet weather cancels hike, so check meetup for updates on the morning of the hike.

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Bike on the Delaware-Hudson Rail Trail

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