THIS PAGE IS FOR ORGANIZED GROUPS OF 6 OR MORE. ORGANIZED GROUPS ARE DEFINED AS THOSE AFFILIATED WITH AN ORGANIZATION, SUCH AS OUTING CLUBS, SUMMER CAMPS, SCHOOLS AND SCOUTING GROUPS. FOR ALL OTHER GROUPS, OVERNIGHT SITES NEED NOT BE RESERVED.
Here you will find the Group Shelter Use Calendar, a tool you can use to view when other groups will be at shelters along the trail and to mark when your group will be at shelters as well. The calendar is designed to help you and others plan itineraries accordingly. Keep in mind that the Group Shelter Use Calendar is not a reservation system, as all Long Trail and Appalachian Trail shelters in Vermont are first come, first serve. However, using the calendar is vital in order to minimize group impact on the trail and help the GMC maintain overnight sites.
In addition, all organized groups must receive a Special Use Permit from the appropriate land management agency:
The shelters are labeled: Division (refer to Long Trail Guide) – Site Name – Site Capacity (shelter/overflow tenting) – $ (indicates $5 overnight use fee per person)
South (Division 1-5)
The southern end of the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail from Massachusetts to Killington use a shared tread way. The trail is primarily on Green Mountain National Forest land. Please secure a permit with GMNF before your trip.
Central (Division 6-9)
The central region is on Green Mountain National Forest and Vermont Forest Parks & Recreation land. Please secure a permit before your group’s trip.
Please note as well that much of this section travels through the Breadloaf and Joseph Battell Wildernesses. Group camping is limited in this section.
North (Division 10-12)
The northern region of the Long Trail is primarily on Vermont Forest Parks & Recreation land. Please secure the appropriate permits before your group’s trip.
Appalachian Trail (Killington-Hanover, NH)
The Appalachian Trail in Vermont is on Green Mountain National Forest as well as State and private land. Please secure appropriate permits before your group’s trip.
The group shelter use calendar is not a reservation system, but a voluntary tool to help minimize impact and overcrowding at overnight sites. It is your responsibilty to seek the appropriate permits with managing land agencies before your group's trip.
If you have any questions please contact our Group Outreach Specialist at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 241-8327