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6 Dog-Approved Adventures to Check off your Summer Bucket List

Adventures in southern Vermont are more fun with your furry family member. Here’s our top picks, specially approved by Stratton dogs.

1. Lye Brook Falls // Hike, Scenic

After an approximate 2.2 mile hike through the scenic Lye Brook wilderness, you and your pup will be greeted by the breathtaking 125-foot tall Lye Brook waterfall. Difficulty level is moderate, with only a few fairly challenging inclines.  Be sure to wear proper hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Getting there: Follow Glen Road in Manchester and bear right at the fork to turn onto the Lye Brook Access Road, clearly marked.

2. West River Trail  // Walk, Bike, Scenic13838564_10154459601843689_541115032_o

The 16-mile West River trail welcomes walkers, runners and mountain bikers looking for a dog friendly adventure in southern Vermont. Be sure to stop by the Ball Mountain Dam (pictured above) for spectacular views of the surrounding Green Mountains. Trail access and parking directions found here.

3.Heels to Paws 5K // Event, Run/Walk, FundraiserDSC_0620

For this Stratton tradition, four legs are as welcome as two! On October 8, runners and walkers will explore Stratton’s 5K route to raise money for Second Chance Animal Shelter. This year’s race is accompanied by the Columbus Day Weekend Brewfest!

4. Stratton Firetower // HikeStratton fire tower

Venture to the crossroads of the Appalachian and Long Trail with your four-legged friend. Hike to Stratton’s summit (explore uphill trails here and reach the fire tower trailhead off of Mike’s Way.  From the summit, the moderate hike is 0.7 miles one way. The firetower offers 360-degree views of the green Mountains – pictured above.

We suggest fido stay leashed at the bottom of the firetower should you decide to climb it.

5. Stratton Pond // Hike, Camp11909733_10153638183928689_712092148_n

Up for a challenge? Once you and your pup reach the Stratton Firetower, venture north on the Appalachian and Long Trail to the scenic Stratton Pond. Grab supplies from First Run Ski Shop in the Village and make it an overnight camping trip or do it all in a day!

6. Batenkill River // Walk, Swim, Scenic13838569_10154445910228689_373180282_o

Pick any spot on the 59.4-mile-long river that flows through Vermont and New York and your pooch is sure to be satisfied to take a dip in the cool water on a hot summer day. Visit the Arlington Green swimming hole for a perfect Vermont day.

Where in Vermont do you like to venture with your dog? Let us know in the comments! 

About the Author

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Cassie Russo |  Growing up in central Massachusetts, Cassie ventured to the snowy mountains of Vermont almost every weekend until her late teens to enjoy her passion – snowboarding.  After working at a ski shop while studying for a degree in journalism, Cassie knew Vermont was her next destination.  You can now find her living her dream of residing in Vermont, pursuing a writing career and strapping a snowboard to her feet every day. When the snow melts, you can find her on her paddle board, on the tennis courts and trying to find the next adventure.

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