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 (4+)See all
- Hike to Nauheim Shelter and Carry LumberBennington Recreation Center, Bennington, VT
The picnic table at Nauheim shelter needs some upkeep - the top boards on the table as well as the cross braces need to be replaced. We will hike up to the Nauheim shelter carrying the boards and tools. We will use the Twenty Bars trail to get the to AT/LT and then up to the shelter. Once at the shelter we will dismantle the old boards and install the new ones. All are welcome to come along, it's about an hour walk to get there. Not everyone needs to stay for the construction part of this event.
Bring water and lunch, wear sturdy hiking shoes.
Distance: about 3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: about 700 feet
Meet at the Bennington Rec center at 9:30.
- Smokey House Group Volunteer Day426 Danby Mountain Rd, Danby, VT
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GREAT NEWS. Coming up soon, Thursday, 9/28, is the BIG end-of-season group work day at the Smokey House Center Community Farm in Danby.
Backstory: Our GMC work crews repair, maintain, reroute, build structures, all summer long. When these crews are in our section of Vermont, Smokey House provides meals and lodging for them on their days off. S0 please join GMC Staff and other GMC Volunteers for this important way to support our partners at Smokey House during the fall harvest.
You are invited to join our work party for the morning, the afternoon, or all day. Bring friends and family. Come with attire for farming; sun hat, appropriate footwear, work gloves, long pants, lunch, snacks, water bottle, etc…. (If you have never harvested potatoes by hand you are in for an earthy experience.) There will likely be the opportunity to go home with imperfect vegetables, so don’t miss it!
Smokey House Group Work Day.
Date: Thursday, 9/28
Time: Work usually begins at 9:00 and finishes around 3 or 4:00. Volunteers are welcome for any or all of that time, but having a larger group earlier in the day is probably ideal.
Meet: Follow GPS directions to Smokey House. 426 Danby Mountain Rd, Danby, VT (Coordinates here: 43°20'41.1"N 73°03'04.3"W)
Bring: Clothes that can get dirty, work gloves, lunch, snacks, water, sunscreen or rain gear depending on the day.
Task: Fun, Work, Social Connections, Outdoors, Community
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If anyone wants to share rides, you may start a discussion on Meetup.
- Buxton Ravine HikeNeeds location
A scenic loop hike on the seldom used Hatton Trail. Meet at 10AM at the Construction Parking area on the north side of the Williamstown rotary, routes 2 and 7, to carpool to the hike, as there is only room for two cars at the trailhead. This hike is approximately 4 miles, starting with a brook crossing, then a moderate climb up the side of the ravine to the Birch Hill area. We will take a lunch break at a picnic table at the top, then return by way of the Sara Tenney Trail. Bring a snack or lunch; hiking poles may be useful on the brook crossing.
- Long Trail DayNeeds location
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Long Trail Day is the social fundraiser and celebration of hiking in Vermont. Individuals and teams will hike anywhere along the Long Trail on October 7 to have fun and raise money to support the Long Trail and all those who benefit from the mountains and trails of Vermont. If you can’t hike that day you can still participate by registering and fundraising online or by making a direct donation.
As we wander the beautiful trails in Vermont we may not realize the work that goes into keeping them safe and walkable - clearing blown down trees, routing water, clipping bushes, repairing shelters, controlling erosion, educating hikers... Contemplate this daunting task of maintaining over 500 miles of trails along with 70 backcountry overnight sites and facilities. The Long Trail has been free for 100 years - you can help keep it that way!
Saturday, October 7th is Long Trail Day. You can register as an individual or form/join a team. You’ll need to register with a $25 fee which goes straight to your fundraising goal. By registering you receive a special edition GMC beanie and a free digital Long Trail Map. Can you or your team raise $272? This is the length of the Long Trail from the Vermont/ Massachusetts border to Quebec. Go here for more information and to get started: GET STARTED HERE
Instead of choosing to participate in this organized event but would like to support the efforts of the GMC you can make a direct donation HERE.