This page describes how to get to each end of the trail for a thru hike.  If you have friends or family that can drive you to the trail, and pick you up on completion, that will most likely be the easiest way.  If you do not have that assistance available, the following may be of some help.

Getting to the Northern Terminus:

At the Northern terminus, it is impossible to get to the trailhead via public transportation. There simply isn’t any public transportation which goes to North Troy, where Journey’s End Road is located. So, all options listed here end with getting a private shuttle to the northern trailhead.


To get to the Northern Terminus from Burlington, VT

– Take a plane to Burlington International Airport, OR
– Take Amtrak to Essex Junction / Burlington Station, OR
– Take Greyhound Bus Lines to Burlington, VT
Then…..
– Take a private shuttle to the Northern Terminus, OR
– Take the Montpelier LINK Express Bus to the Waterbury Park & Ride
http://cctaride.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/montpelierJune14.pdf OR
– Take the Jeffersonville Commuter Bus to Jeffersonville
http://cctaride.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/JeffersonvilleJune14.pdf OR
– Take the St. Albans LINK Express Bus to St. Albans
http://cctaride.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/StAlbansLINKFeb2014.pdf
Then….
– Take a private shuttle to the Northern Terminus – See shuttle options below


To get to the Northern Terminus from  Montpelier, VT

– Take Amtrak to Montpelier, VT, OR
– Take Greyhound Bus Lines to Montpelier, VT
Then….
– Take a private shuttle to the Northern Terminus – See shuttle options below


To get to the Northern Terminus from Waterbury, VT

– Take Amtrak to Waterbury, VT
Then….
– Take a private shuttle to the Northern Terminus – See shuttle options below


To get to the Northern Terminus from St. Albans, VT

– Take Amtrak to St. Albans, VT
Then….
– Take a private shuttle to the Northern Terminus – See shuttle options below


Private Shuttles Servicing the Northern Terminus

There are many options for private shuttle service in northern Vermont. It is important to contact a potential shuttle service provider well before you actually need them to come and pick you up. Be sure to give them several weeks notice about your upcoming hiking plans. Here are some of the shuttle providers have serviced Long Trail hikers at the Northern Terminus in the past:

1. John Selmer – Location: Westfield. Phone: (802) 744-6319
2. The Journey Salon and Guest House will shuttle from their place to the trail if you are staying there. Phone: (802)-988-1040 Email: [email protected]
3. Everywhere Taxi – Location: Burlington. Phone: (802) 238-4121.
Email: [email protected]
4. New England Taxi – Location: Burlington. Phone: (802)598-7254. Email: [email protected]
5. Montgomery Adventures – Location: Montogomery. Phone: (802) 370-2103. Email: [email protected]
6. Julie Marckres – Location: North Troy. Phone: (802) 988-1040
7. Andy & Carlene Squires – Location: Richmond. Phone: (802) 434-2533
8. Pat Spielman – Location: Jericho. Phone: (802) 899-5465. Email: [email protected]
9. Don Groll – Location: Middlebury. Phone: (802) 388-7403
10. Louanne Nielsen – Location: Jericho. (802) 899-3266
11. Jeff & Nancy Comstock – Phone: (802) 233-0823 OR (802) 233-4059
12. Dave & Louise Ransom – Phone: (802) 644-8144. Email: [email protected]
13. 1893 House Bed & Breakfast – Location: North Troy. Phone: (888) 988-9614

There are several options for parking your car at the Northern Terminus of the trail. Here are a few that have serviced Long Trail hikers in the past:

1. Hazen’s Notch Association Welcome Center
1423 Hazen’s Notch Road, Montgomery Center – (802) 326-4799
2. Montgomery Adventures
262 Deep Gibou Road, Montgomery Center – (802) 370-2103
3. 1893 House Bed & Breakfast
North Troy – (888) 988-9614
4. Steve Merrill’s House
Near the Catholic Church, North Troy – (802) 988-2958

 

Getting to the Southern Terminus:

There are many options for getting to the Southern Terminus of the Long Trail. Because Williamstown and North Adams are serviced by various means of public transportation, you can fly into many of the surrounding towns in New York, Massachusetts, or Connecticut and get yourself to Williamstown/North Adams with little trouble. There are many possible combinations for your transportation to the Southern Terminus, and I have only listed a few.


To get to the Southern Terminus from Boston, MA
– Take a plane to Boston Logan International Airport
Then….
– Take the Silver Line Rapid Transit Bus to South Station
http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/bus/routes/?route=SL1
Then….
– Take the Greyhound Bus Line to Williamstown, MA


To get to the Southern Terminus from Pittsfield, MA
– Take Amtrak to Pittsfield, MA
Then….
– Take the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority Bus to North Adams, MA
http://www.berkshirerta.com/schedules.php?route=7&direction=I&timing=W


To get to the Southern Terminus from New York City, NY
– Take a plane into JFK or LaGuradia International Airports, OR
– Take Amtrak into Penn Station, OR
– Take Greyhound Bus Lines to the Port Authority Bus Terminal
Then…
– Take the NYC Airporter Shuttle service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal
http://www.nycairporter.com/OurServices/JFKAirportShuttle.aspx
Then….
– Take the Peter Pan Bus Line to Williamstown, MA
http://peterpanbus.com/tickets/bus-ticket-information/terminal-listings/


Private Shuttles Servicing the Southern Terminus

There are many options for private shuttle service in southern Vermont and north-eastern Massachusetts. It is important to contact a potential shuttle service provider well before you actually need them to come and pick you up. Be sure to give them several weeks notice about your upcoming hiking plans. Here are some of the shuttle providers have serviced Long Trail hikers at the Southern Terminus in the past:

1. Everywhere Taxi – Location: Burlington. Phone: (802) 238-4121.
Email: [email protected]
2. New England Taxi – Location: Burlington. Phone: (802)598-7254. Email: [email protected]
3. Bennington Taxi – Location: Bennington. Phone: (802) 442-9052
4. Dick Andrews – Location: Springfield. Phone: (802) 885-3201
5. Don Groll – Location: Middlebury. Phone: (802) 388-7403
6. Veteran’s Taxi – Location: Waltham, MA. Phone: 617-527-0300 Email: [email protected]
7. Dot MacDonald – Phone: (802) 257-7657
8. Dave Ackerson – Phone: (413) 346-1033
9. Linda Reynolds – Phone: (413) 458-4615 OR (413) 281-8435
10. Marilyn Wiley – Phone: (413) 623-5859. Email: [email protected]

There are several options for parking your car at the Southern Terminus of the trail. Here are a few that have serviced Long Trail hikers in the past:

1. Williamstown Motel – $2 per day for parking
295 Main St, Williamstown – (413) 458-5202 OR 413-458-9371
2. Greylock Community Club
548 State Road, North Adams – 413-664-9020
3. Flynn & Dagnoly Funeral Home
521 West Main Street, North Adams – (413) 663-6523

As for getting FROM the trail, you can just follow one of the options above in the reverse order.