- Created on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Dramatic cliffs, a winding roadway, scenic vistas, and abundant hiking and climbing opportunities characterize Smugglers’ Notch. Its renowned “Elephants Head” cliffs are one of the few peregrine falcon nesting sites in Vermont. Route 108, Vermont's first designated Scenic Highway, winds through the Notch’s cliffs, offering visitors a breathless adventure whether by foot, bicycle or car. Once a hidden route for smugglers and rum runners, the Notch now welcomes local, regional, and international visitors to explore its treasures as they change through the seasons.
Since 1995, a partnership of private, state, and non‐profit groups have worked to protect and strengthen the Smugglers Notch Region. Guided by the Smugglers Notch Scenic Highway Corridor Management Plan, the partnership implemented a series of projects to protect the natural and cultural resources along the highway, enhance existing facilities and create new facilities that disperse recreational use, and provide educational information to nurture a safe and enjoyable experience for the traveling public. The Friends of Smugglers Notch aim to support these efforts by enabling additional improvements to the Notch and its environs.
- Created on Thursday, October 31, 2013
Restoration project donations still needed
Drivers on Mountain Road may notice that Barnes Camp is looking a little… different these days.
The legendary ski camp, off Mountain Road near Stowe Mountain Resort, was literally hoisted into the air last week and moved off its foundation, the latest phase of a restoration project.
- Created on Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A group of state and private agencies - the Friends of Smugglers' Notch - is working to restore Barnes Camp, an historic old lodge near the ski lifts at the southern end of the Notch. When the project is completed next year, Barnes Camp will become a visitor center, with information about the scenic, cultural, natural and historic resources of this place. The full story of Smugglers' Notch will be told at last. And one of Vermont's most striking natural wonders will finally get the respect and attention it deserves.