• Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center (802-773-3343; vermontclimbing.com). Based in Rutland at 223 Woodstock Ave. and at the Killington Snowshed Lodge, the center offers lessons and climbs for allabilities, from age 4 up. Inquire about winter ice climbing.

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  • Sherburne Recreation Center (802-422-3932) 
  • Killington School for Tennis (802-422-3101)
  • Vermont Sport and Fitness Center
  • Mac-Sam Tennis (802-775-7533
  • Woodstock Health and Fitness (802-457-6656)
  • Woodstock Sports Center (802-457-1160)
  • Woodstock Town Courts (802-457-1502)
  • Bridgewater Town Courts, Rt 4
  • Pittsfield Town Courts, Rt 100 N
  • Rutland Town Courts(802-773-1822)

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  • Vermont is considered one of the best places in the Northeast to go bicycle touring. Visitors can tour the region, traversing the countryside on the many quiet, winding backcountry roads.
  • Pico Mountain Stables – one hour guided horseback tours 
  • Mountain Top Inn & Resort Equestrian Program (802-483-2311; mountaintopinn.com) offers horseback riding geared to every level from beginner to experienced, one- and two-hour guided trail rides, both English and Western. Jumping, dressage, cross-country, and children’s instruction are available.
  • Hawk Inn & Mountain Resort (802-672-3811); hawkresort.com) at Salt Ash, Rt. 100 in Plymouth. The Stables at Hawk offers lessons, trail rides for ages 10 and over, and pony rides. Open Memorial Day weekend—Labor Day.
  • Pond Hill Ranch (802-468-2449); pondhillranch.com), 1683 Pond Hill Rd., Castleton, a 200-acre family-owned ranch offering trail rides, lessons, and pony rides for children. Saturday-night rodeos are also staged here all summer long and into fall.
  • Chipman Stables (802-293-5242), Danby Four Corners. This family-run stable offers trail rides, hayrides, and pony rides in the easily accessible hills.
  • Tommy Hunter’s Tack Shack (802-747-0314).
  • Riverside Farm Stables (802-746-8544)
  • Vermont Horseback Riding Vacations (802-483-2311)

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  • Hikers in the Killington region can explore a wide variety of hiking experiences with remote waterfalls, hidden brooks and sweeping views of the Green Mountains. The Killington Parks & Recreation Dept., in conjunction with the Economic Development and Tourism Commission, organizes free hikes throughout the region. For more info you can call 802-422-3932 or go to www.killingtonrec.com. In addition,

    www.mountaintimes.info has additional hiking trail summaries. Here are just a few hiking choices in the area:

    • Bike Vermont (800-257-2226), based in Woodstock, offers weekend and five-day tours that include the Lake St. Catherine and Middletown Springs areas. 
    • Escape Routes from Casa Bella Inn, Pittsfield (877-746-8943); casabellainn.com). Self-guided tours with detailed maps and descriptions available.
    • Great Outdoors Adventure Tours
    • River Road, Killington
    • Mountain Bike Park at Killington (802-422-6232); killington.com) The K-1 Express Gondola operates July—Columbus Day (weather permitting) hoisting bicyclists and their bikes form Rt. 4 up to Killington Peak, accessing 45 miles of trails and a 1,700-foot vertical drop spread across five mountain areas. Guided tours, instruction, bike rentals, and packages.
    • Pittsfield Bike Club, Pittsfield (800-257-2226). The Green Mountain Trails are a public access multi use trail system in Pittsfield and Stockbridge Vermont managed by the Pittsfield Bike Club. The trail system consists of over 30 miles of public access trails for hiking, running, mountain biking, snowshoeing and more. Trail heads and parking are at the Amee Farm on Route 100 north and at the end of Tweed river Drive. Directions to and recommendations for trails can be found at the Pittsfield General Store.

    Bicycle Touring:

    • Bike rentals are available from the Great Outdoors Trading Company(802-775-9989) at 219 Woodstock Ave. (Rt. 4) Sports Peddler (802-775-0101) at 158 N. Main St., both in Rutland.

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  • Gifford Woods Natural Area (summer 802-775-5354), 0.5 mile north of Rt. 4 on Rt. 100, Killington. A 7-acre stand of virgin hardwoods (sugar maple, yellow birch, basswood, white ash, and hemlock). Trails lead up to Deer Leap Mountain and to the lovely waterfalls where Kent Brook enter Kent Pond. In winter, cross-country trails connect with Mountain Meadows. 
  • Deer Leap Trail, off Rt. 4 behind the Inn at Long Trail, is a popular short hike: a 45-minute one-way trek up a winding, moderately steep path that yields a southerly panoramic view from the top of a tall cliff. For a whole-day hike, you can continue along the Long Trail to Chittenden Reservoir or branch east at the Maine Junction onto the Appalachian Trail. This trail also connects with Gifford Woods State Park. Plant a car at the other end and be sure to bring a hiking map.
  • The Appalachian TrailLong Trail (greenmountainclub.org), accessed north and south from Rt. 4 in Killington, offer endless possibilities. For guided hikes check out Killington-based Appalachian Trail Adventures (888-855-8655; appalachiantrailadventures.com).
  • Killington Hiking Center (800-621-MTS; killington.com). The K-1 Express Gondola offers easy access to 50-plus miles of trails.
  • Bald Mountain, This 3-mile, three hour round trip hike is in Aiken State Forest, off Notch Rd. from Rt. 4 in Mendon. The blue-blazed circle trail beings just past the intersection with Wheelerville Rd.
  • Thundering Falls Trail, Killington. Off River Rd., a 900-foot boardwalk and path through floodplain and forest lead to a platform at the base of Thundering Falls, a sheer rock face with water pouring down it, part of the Appalachian Trail.
  • White Rocks Recreation Area, Rt. 140 off Rt. 7 in Wallingford. Follow signs from the White Rocks Picnic Area. The big feature here is a 2,600-foot, conical white peak surrounded by quartzite boulders that retain ice and snow into summer.
  • Delaware Hudson Rail Trail Poultney-Castleton. A rail trail enjoyed by hikers, snowmobilers, walkers, bikers, equestrians, and cross-country skiers. A guide is available from the Department of Forest and Parks in Pittsford.
  • Helen W. Buckner Memorial Preserve (802-229-4425) , West Haven. Hiking trails and nature exploration in this Nature Conservancy tract. Longtrail
  • Blue Ridge Trail
  • Killington Hiking Center at Killington Resort (802-422-6776)
  • Camp Plymouth State Park
  • Hawk’s Hill Demo Forest, 802-763-7684 Barnard, VT Trails, ponds, self guided nature trail

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