Not long out of Bennington, Route 9 East begins to climb, then enters the Green Mountain National Forest. The forest’s western border begins just outside Bennington and stretches eastward to the town of Wilmington, a good 20 miles away. This part of the forest is one of the largest, most uninterrupted tracts in the state, and its untamed look proves it. The roadside signs with moose silhouettes are not there to look quaint but as a warning to drivers, especially at night and around dawn and twilight hours. On the right is Greenwood Lodge, an American Youth Hostel facility that is rustic yet homey and welcoming. Many people stay here for its remoteness and for its access to Prospect Mountain and the Long Trail; the location provides opportunities for short hikes and walks as well as serving as a jumping-off point for hiking the entire Long Trail end to end. Greenwood Lodge consists of two dormitories and five private rooms, sleeping a total of fifty people; twenty tent sites are also scattered throughout the hostel’s 120 acres. The lodge is open late May through late October. Woodford, by the way, is the highest town in Vermont, at an elevation of 2,215 feet. But with just 314 people, it ranks among towns having the smallest populations. After its steep ascent, Route 9 drops into Wilmington, with a gauntlet of shops, eateries, and lodgings. From the center of Wilmington, head south on Route 100 for 8 miles into Jacksonville and Route 112. In the southern end of the village is the North River Winery, located in a farmhouse built in 1850. The above description is an excerpt from "Vermont: Off the Beaten Path." Whether you're a visitor or a local looking for something different, this chapter from the Off the Beaten Path series will help you take the "road less traveled" and discover hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales that most tourists miss.
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