VT §4: US-4 to VT-103

Vermont §4 spans 17.4 miles. Parking is available for ten mileposts.

Mp 0.0/17.4: US-4

Locate: {43.66619, -72.84865}

Orient: The AT crosses US-4 in Killington about 2.3 mi west of VT-100 and 8.3 mi northeast of US-7 in Rutland.

Park: Park in large lot on the south side of the road; signed for AT/LT and Green Mountain National Forest. Look for lot's driveway opposite paved driveway into Fox Hollow Village.

Connect: A short path from the lot leads west to the trail. For AT northbound, turn right and cross road. For AT southbound, turn left. Both northbound and southbound footpaths into the woods are signed.

Mp 3.8/13.6: via Sherburne Pass Trail

Locate: {43.66359, -72.83282}

Orient: Sherburne Pass Trail was formerly a section of the AT/LT. It subtends an oxbow in the current AT with north intersection in §3 and south intersection in §4. Its hiker lot on US-4 at Sherburne Pass is 1.5 mi west of VT-100 in Killington and 9.1 mi northeast of US-7 in Rutland; opposite the Inn at Long Trail. (Google Maps incorrectly labels Sherburne Trail as the AT/LT.)

Park: Park in large lot on south side of road; no sign apparent.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Sherburne Pass Trail south for 2.9 mi from back of lot to AT {43.63335, -72.83036}. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 6.1/11.3: via Bucklin Trail

Locate: {43.61955, -72.87677}

Orient: Bucklin Trail connects Wheelerville Road in Mendon to the AT near Killington Peak. Wheelerville Road branches south from US-4 in Mendon 5.0 mi northeast of US-7 in Rutland and 5.6 mi southwest of VT-100 in Killington {43.648251, -72.903415}. From US-4, follow Wheelerville Road south for 3.9 mile to trailhead on left (west) side of road, just north of sharp turn at Brewers Corner.

Park: Looks like there is a small parking area at trailhead; reported to be signed.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Bucklin Trail east/southeast for 3.3 mi to AT {43.60679, -72.82446}, at Killington Spur. For AT northbound, turn left. For AT southbound, turn right.

Mp 6.3/11.1: via K1 Express Gondola

Locate: {43.61777, -72.80339}

Orient: The K1 Express Gondola from the Killington Ski Area connects to the AT near Killington Peak; check the website for seasons and hours of operation. From the intersection of US-4/VT-100 and Killington Road {43.668110, -72.803696}, follow Killington Road south for 4.6 mi to its terminus at the gondola station.

Park: Park in huge lot for ski resort; no fee.

Connect: Ride gondola to peak landing {43.604611, -72.818806}. From landing, follow path west to Killington Peak; from peak, follow the blue-blazed spur trail for 0.2 mi along a steep and rocky descent to the AT. Alternatively, from landing, follow peak walkway north and pick up path leading west to AT {43.6060, -72.8225}, by Cooper Lodge. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 8.0/9.4: via Shrewsbury Peak Trail

Locate: {43.55530, -72.80335}

Orient: The trailhead for Shrewsbury Peak Trail is on CCC Road 3.3 mi west of VT-100 in Plymouth and 2.7 mi northeast of North Shrewsbury (at the intersection of Cold River Road, Northam Road and CCC Road). Some maps call the road CCC Road to the west of the trailhead and Old CCC Road to the east. The road is reported to be closed in winter.

Park: Park in medium lot on north side of road.

Connect: Follow blue-blazed Shrewsbury Peak Trail for 4.0 mi to AT. For AT northbound, turn right. For AT southbound, turn left.

Mp 12.0/5.4: Upper Cold River Road

Locate: {43.55018, -72.85692}

Orient: The AT crosses Upper Cold River Road 2.2 mi northwest from the terminus of the road at Cold River Road in North Shrewsbury, near the conjunction of Northam Road and CCC Road {43.530137, -72.830885}.

Park: Roadside parking along shoulder may be possible nearby for a car or two.

Mp 13.5/3.9: Cold River Road (Lower)

Locate: {43.53774, -72.87224}

Orient: Here the AT uses the roadway's (nondescript) bridge over the Cold River. From US-7 in North Clarendon: Follow North Shrewsbury Road east for 0.8 mi to right onto Cold River Road; continue on Cold River Road for 5.2 mi to crossing on bridge. Look for guardrails on both sides of road.

Park: Roadside parking along shoulder may be possible nearby for a car or two. ATC guide suggests east of the bridge on north side of road, but map views do not reveal any obvious spot. Maybe try the junction of Keiffer Road with Cold River Road 0.1 mi northwest of the bridge {43.538594, -72.874149}.

Connect: The AT follows the bridge diagonally for a short hop. For AT northbound, enter footpath at southeast end of bridge, on north side of road. For AT southbound, enter footpath at northwest end of bridge, on south side of road.

Mp 13.8/3.6: Keiffer Road

Locate: {43.53395, -72.87344}

Orient: The AT joins gravel Keiffer Road from the woods, follows the roadway for about 60 yd, then reenters the woods. Keiffer Road branches south from Cold River Road (Lower) 2.5 mi northeast of North Shrewsbury and 5.1 mi southeast of North Shrewsbury Road in North Clarendon; see also Mp 13.5/3.9, above. Follow Keiffer Road for 0.4 mi to roadside pull-off shortly beyond AT crossing.

Park: Roadside parking for a car or two along shoulder on east side of road.

Connect: For AT northbound, follow road northwest for 100 yd to north junction with AT {43.534659, -72.873975}; then turn right onto footpath. For AT southbound, follow road northwest for 40 yd to south junction with AT {43.534226, -72.873666}; then turn left onto footpath.

Mp 13.8/3.6: via Keiffer Road

Locate: {43.53859, -72.87415}

Orient: See Mp 13.8/3.6, above.

Park: It looks like roadside parking for 2–3 cars may be possible at the junction of Keiffer Road and Cold River Road.

Connect: For AT northbound, follow Keiffer Road for 0.3 mi to north junction with AT {43.534659, -72.873975}; then turn left onto footpath. For AT southbound, follow Keiffer Road for 0.4 mi to south junction with AT {43.534226, -72.873666}; then turn right onto footpath.

Mp 15.5/1.9: Lottery Road

Locate: {43.52779, -72.89979}

Orient: The AT crosses Lottery Road 0.3 mi northwest of Adams Road. From VT-103 and Lincoln Hill Road in Shrewsbury {43.514280, -72.916280}: follow Lincoln Hill Road for 0.7 mi to left onto Mitchell Road/Th5; follow Mitchell Road/Th5 for 0.1 mi to left onto Adams Road; follow Adams Road 0.7 mi to left onto Lottery Road; continue on Lottery road for 0.3 mi to AT.

Park: Roadside parking along shoulder just east of crossing may be possible for one car.

Mp 17.4/0.0: VT-103 [Wallingford Gulf Road]

Locate: {43.52150, -72.92581}

Orient: The AT cross VT-103 in Shrewsbury 2.3 mi southwest of US-7 in North Clarendon and 5.8 mi northeast of VT-155 in East Wallingford.

Park: Park in medium hiker lot on south side of road; signed for AT and Green Mountain National Forest.

Connect: Access AT from path on east end of lot. For AT northbound, turn left towards road. For AT southbound, turn right towards Mill River.