The Green Mountains are a mountain range in the U.S. state of Vermont. The range runs primarily south to north and extends approximately 250 miles (400 km) from the border with Massachusetts to that with Quebec, Canada. In Massachusetts the Green Mountains are known as The Berkshires, while in Quebec they are called the Sutton Mountains, or Monts Sutton.
All mountains in Vermont are often referred to as the "Green Mountains". However, other ranges within Vermont, including the Taconics and Northeastern Highlands, are not geologically part of the Green Mountains.
The best known mountains – for reasons such as high elevation, ease of public access by road or trail (especially the Long Trail and Appalachian Trail), or with ski resorts or towns nearby – in the range include:
- Mount Mansfield, 4,393 feet (1,339 m), the highest point in Vermont
- Killington Peak, 4,235 feet (1,291 m)
- Mount Ellen, 4,083 feet (1,244 m)
- Camel's Hump, 4,083 feet (1,244 m)
- Mount Abraham, 4,017 feet (1,224 m)
- Pico Peak, 3,957 feet (1,206 m)
- Stratton Mountain, 3,940 feet (1,200 m), the mountain at which the initial ideas of both the Long Trail and the Appalachian Trail were born
- Jay Peak, 3,862 feet (1,177 m), receives the most amount of snowfall on average in the eastern United States
- Bread Loaf Mountain, 3,835 feet (1,169 m)
- Mount Wilson, 3,780 feet (1,150 m)
- Glastenbury Mountain, 3,748 feet (1,142 m)
Some of the mountains are developed for skiing and other snow-related activities. Others have hiking trails for use in summer. Mansfield, Killington, Pico, and Ellen have downhill ski resorts on their slopes. All of the major peaks are traversed by the Long Trail, a wilderness hiking trail that runs from the southern to northern borders of the state and is overlapped by the Appalachian Trail for roughly 1⁄3 of its length.
Vermont not only takes its state nickname ("The Green Mountain State") from the mountains, it is named after them. The French Verts Monts is literally translated as "Green Mountains". This name was suggested in 1777 by Dr. Thomas Young, an American revolutionary and Boston Tea Party participant. The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College is referred to as UVM, after the Latin Universitas Viridis Montis (University of the Green Mountains).
Geology and physiography
- Green Mountain National Forest
- Green Mountain Boys – paramilitary infantry led by Ethan Allen that took Fort Ticonderoga during the American Revolution
- Green Mountain Club
- Griffith Lake
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