Mount Philo State Park
This quick and easy trail is just a little over a half mile to the top and offers spectacular view of the Adirondack Mountains and the Lake Champlain Valley. This is Vermont's oldest state park, created in 1924!
The hike to the summit is relatively quick but difficult enough that it interests hikers of all skill sets. You can also drive to the top if you'd like to enjoy the view without the sweat. The view from the summit and the various look outs are stunning, and there are a few chairs and picnic tables at the top so you can have a rest or a picnic with a view. It's definitely worth the $4 to get in.
I have been here plenty of times. Its a great plave to go for a quick stop if you have about an hour and a half to 2hrs to kill. Plus the views from the top are worth the hike (take the trail or paved road to the top). You can also drive but what's the point? You want to experience the park (obviously barring physical limitations. If you can physically do it, I recommend it). Cost to go is $4, opening at 10am. Have gone earlier at 8, and it's free.
Great hike even on an imperfect day. We went up the trail, and came down on the road. It's a good workout, since where we're from we don't have too many hikes like this. Amazing views at the top too.
Historic state park with easy trails and a summit offering excellent views of the southern Champlain Valley and the western Adirondacks.
Great views! Wonderful staff! Colleen is the best!