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GMC COVID-19 Guidelines as of May 2021: https://www.greenmountainclub.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/GMCs-COVID-19-Guidelines-for-Section-Outings_5.17.2021.pdf

Our website, http://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. http://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 (4+)

Tibbetts State Forest Loop

Bennington Recreation Center

4.2 miles; 810 ft elevation gain. Lovely loop trail through the forest near Hoosick Falls, good mixtures of pines and hardwoods along with small water streams. About 3-4 hours including rest stops and lunch. On the easy side of Moderate but requires a degree of stamina, some previous experience desirable. RSVP on Meetup. Limited to 8 participants plus the 2 leaders. Check the Meetup site the night before the hike for last minute updates or changes, particularly if the weather is questionable. Bring layers of clothing, water, lunch, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes, possible rain gear. Meet at 9:30 at the Bennington Rec Center or contact leader if you are meeting at the trailhead (there are 2 trailheads, make sure you are at the right one.)

Bike the River Road

Bennington Recreation Center

Bike the River Road beside the Battenkill River and Route 313 west of Arlington. RSVP on Meetup or contact Harda Bradford[masked] or sbwhips4@sovernet by 6pm Sunday October 17, as bike transport must be arranged. Meet at Bennington Recreation Center at 10am

Hike Pine Valley to Little Pond loop

Bennington Recreation Center

We will hike a 5.5 mile loop, starting at Pine valley parking lot in Woodford, and hiking on a snowmobile trail to Little pond, a remote wilderness pond in the GM National forest, where we will have lunch, then hike out on the Little pond forest road. This easy paced hike on snowmobile trails and forest roads, features about 400 feet elevation gain, active beaver ponds, and a beautiful remote wilderness pond. Wear sturdy hiking shoes; gators are helpful. Some areas may be muddy.
Meet at the Bennington Rec Center at 11am and return by 4pm.
Leader: Tim Marr
RSVP with meetup or call/text Tim Marr at[masked] by Friday evening.

Hike Prospect Mountain, Woodford

Bennington Recreation Center

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.
Bring Trick or treat candy to be shared at the summit. Back to Bennington by 4pm, in plenty of time for the trick or treaters.
Meet at Bennington Rec Center at 1pm.
Leader: Tim Marr
RSVP via meetup or call/text[masked]

Past events (29)

Bike the Somerset Road to Enjoy Fall Foliage

Bennington Recreation Center

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