Smugglers' Notch State Park is a Vermont state park near Stowe in Lamoille County, Vermont in the United States. The park is at an elevation of near Mount Mansfield, and is named for Smugglers Notch, which separates Mount Mansfield—the highest peak of the Green Mountains—from Spruce Peak and the Sterling Range.Plan my day in Stowe using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.
Smugglers Notch is named for the smuggling that was prompted by a request of President Thomas Jefferson to prevent American involvement in the Napoleonic Wars. The United States Congress passed the Embargo Act of 1807 which prohibitied American trade with Great Britain and Canada. The British bypassed the embargo by importing products to Canada and smuggling them down mountain trails through Smugglers Notch. The Act caused great hardship for locals, many of whom continued the illegal trade with Canada, carrying goods and herding livestock through the notch. The geology of the notch made it well suited for smuggling as the area is remote and laced with numerous caves. The caves were used as hideaways by the smugglers. Much of the illegal activity slowed with the onset of the War of 1812. Smugglers Notch was later used on the Underground Railroad when fugitive slaves used the notch as an escape route to Canada. The route was improved to accommodate automobile traffic in 1922 thus providing a route for liquor to be brought in from Canada during the Prohibition years. The caves were suited to storing illegal alcoholic beverages at near room temperature.
Smugglers Notch State Park Reviews
We were here in the winter and it was just stunning. The Notch road from Stowe village is closed in the winter so you will have to go around. Worth the drive! more »
Our snowmobile tour went through all the paths in this park and it was just beautiful. Covered in snow, plenty of paths and very safe. Loved it! more »
Don’t miss the drive from Stowe up to the Smugglers Notch State Park. It’s perfect for summer and a dream during fall. Most suitable for foliage viewing and leaf peeping!
Friendly staff! Secluded camp sites with the sound of a Brook running nearby as you wonder off into a peaceful tranquil land of green. Many places to see within a 10 mile radius. Many short hikes. Many more long hikes. The weather was perfect for hiking (70's) while my fiance and I were visiting. June 9-11. Little chilly at night (40's) but it was not to cold for us in a tent with a hefty sleeping bag. Overall had a very pleasant stay at this camp ground and would certainly return for another visit.
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