ATA's Day Guiding Services
Appalachian Trail Adventures provides daily customized group or private guided hikes, kayaking and caving throughout the Green Mountains of Vermont for hikers of all abilities. We mainly hike along the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail throughout the Green Mountains National Forest. With over 20 years of experience, we have chosen trails with the best scenic mountain vistas, waterfalls, historical features and lakes. In the fall, we offer some of the most spectacular foliage hiking in New England. Our guests are adventurists who do not feel comfortable hitting the hiking trails, lakes and rivers alone, ranging from young adults to seniors seeking an active vacation at different levels of ability and fitness.
Guests may combine any type of trip we offer, such as a morning hiking with an afternoon kayaking adventure. For more details or rates, please call 1-888-855-8655 or use the contact form to email us.
We are located in Killington, VT close to the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail to provide maximum access to the hiking trails. ATA's home base is the Summit Lodge which is located on the left 1.5 miles up Killington Mountain Road, that's just north of the Route 4 in Killington, Vermont. The Physical address is 200 Summit Path, Killington, VT 05751. Please note there is no street sign.
Appalachian Trail Adventures handpicked its hikes out of the 1,000 miles of trails in Vermont's Green Mountains. The majority of our hikes are in the Green Mountain National Forest along the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail, the oldest long distance hiking trail in the country. Even our novice hikes will take you along beautiful country trails in the Green Mountain National Forest. We are located close to the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail to provide maximum access to the hiking trails.
Our Hiking Vacations are very flexible being for all ability levels, we offer daily hikes from novice to advanced levels. You can turn it up one day and go on an advanced hike and the next day take it easy with a beginner hike or half day hike. ATA customizes each guest's experience, we allow the hikes to be as long or as short as guests wish. Having a guide in front and rear enables some hikers on the same hike to go fast and some to go slowly.
On a full day, hiking distances range from 5 to 10 miles depending on hikers' requests and weather. Hiking times vary from 4 to 8 hours with a picnic lunch (not provided). If time allows and guests desire, we provide an excursion to the local village or attraction. We also provide a 2 to 3 hour and 3 to 6 mile local half-day hike for guests who want to go solo exploring one of Vermont's attractions or villages after hiking. Hiking times start at 8:30 a.m. at the Summit Lodge, however some days other starting times may be available.
Discover Vermont's unspoiled waterways drifting down a beautiful section of the Ottauquechee River, Otter Creek, White River or a nearby flat water pond or lake. Central Vermont has many great areas to tour by kayak. Looking for a scenic paddle or a view from a different perspective? Kayaks are prefect vehicles to spot wildlife or a way to spend a beautiful afternoon. Our Kayaking Vacations are very flexible being for all ability levels with beginners being especially welcome. We can customize any trip that you would like to try.
Our Kayaking Trips are designed for those guests seeking a half day or a full day of river adventure. Please note during extreme drought conditions river levels may be too low to run. The typical full day consists of a 5 to 7 hour kayaking adventure with a picnic lunch (not provided) along a scenic river area. If time allows, guests may choose to see a local village or attraction. We also provide a 2 to 3 hour local pond or river kayak for guests seeking a half day adventure.
Explore Vermont's marble and talus caves guided by the discoverer of the largest cave in New England, John Keough owner of ATA. Our caving adventures are for all ability levels with novices being especially welcome. You will go deep underground exploring cave passages, seeing beautiful rock formations, underground lakes, streams and waterfalls or even an ice room in August. You might have to go through some small passages to get to larger underground rooms. However a surprise awaits the brave explorer who reaches the last room in rear of the ice cave, it's a sight you would never expect to see! Cave trips range from 2 to 6 hours depending on the expedition planned.