Hogback Mountain in Vermont – Annual Autumn Sojourn
Posted on September 23, 2015
Write-up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com
The breathtaking 100 mile view of Hogback Mountain from Vermont’s Molly Stark Byway is worthy of an annual autumn sojourn. On a clear day a three state vista awaits from the scenic outlook point at the popular Hogback Mountain Gift Shop.
Invigorating, while at the same time calming, a vast kaleidoscope of foliage in rich autumn hues can be seen. With an elevation of 2,411 feet, Hogback Mountain offers a view of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains.
Gazing into the vast woodland, one cannot help but imagine the famous “Green Mountain Boys” led by Ethan Allen, holed up and plotting the capture of Fort Ticoneroga from the British back in 1775. So beloved is this original militia which evolved into a unit in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, that today “Green Mountain Boys” is said to be a nickname for the Vermont National Guard.
The byway along Route 9 winds its way through the mountain range, valleys and “historic villages” not far from Mount Snow. Hogback Mountain itself once was home to a ski area station that in 1946 boasted a then “state-of-the art” t-bar lift with the largest capacity – 900- in the country, according to the Hogback Mountain Conservation Association website. On Sunday, October 11 the association will host an on-site lecture about the wooden remnants of the t-bar still on the mountain and other early ski lift technology. Located at the head waters of the Green River watershed the mountain range is also a natural habitat for deer, black bears, moose and porcupines, as well as, some migrating birds.
Inside the Hogback Mountain Gift Shop in Marlboro, a part of southern Vermont, it is a cozy oasis. The gift shop has welcomed visitors since 1936. There are an array of souvenirs, in addition they sell hoodies sporting Vermont logos, sweaters, treats like maple syrup, maple candy, freshly made fudge, jellies, jams, cheese and postcards galore.
In that this area is a tourist attraction there are many restaurants and taverns in the vicinity. Go to http://www.visitvermont.com/eat-drink/taverns-and-bars to learn more. Can’t wait to return for an autumn 2015 visit!