Codding Hollow

Photo of a hiker on a trailPhoto credit: Laura Knapp

The Long Trail—the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States—runs for 272 miles along the crest of the Green Mountains from Massachusetts to Canada. Only 6.5 miles of the trail have no legal protection. One of these unprotected sections runs through the 167-acre Codding Hollow property in Johnson and Waterville. After a nearly 30-year wait, we have the opportunity to permanently conserve it as an addition to Long Trail State Forest.

The Long Trail sees on average about 200,000 hikers annually, with visitor numbers at its highest peaks rising year after year. The Green Mountain Club has been managing the Long Trail since its inception in 1910 and works with its staff and volunteers to maintain the trail and surrounding land.

In partnership with the Green Mountain Club and State of Vermont, we have a long-awaited opportunity to protect one of these trail sections, buffer it against development, permanently protect the Long Trail, one of Vermont’s most important assets!

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.