Summer in Wilmington is beautiful and there is so much to do. We have numerous lakes and an endless source of hiking trails of every level of length and difficulty.
high country marina
High Country Marine based by the boat dock is our local attraction for water sports! From Paddleboard to boat rental, High Country does it all!
Find more information at: https://www.highcountrymarine.com/
Summer Activities Through High country
- Paddleboard rentals
- Kayak rentals
- Canoe rentals
- Waverunner rentals
- Pontoon rentals
- Bayliner rentals
Berkshire eastBerkshire East is a ski resort located about 25 minutes from Wilmington. Berkshire East does a great job offering lots of summertime activities for visitors!
Here is a list of their activities:
- Whitewater Rafting
- Zip Line Canopy Tours
- Mountain Coaster
- Thunder Mountain Bike Park
- Tree House Trail
- Aerial Adventure Park
- Bike Rentals
More information about Berkshire East can be found here!
There are some amazing and bountiful locations for fishing in Wilmington along the Deerfield River or Harriman reservoir. The Wilmington Inn & Tavern is located adjacent to the Deerfield River and specifically due east from what is known as The Searsburg Gap, a 3.2 mile stretch of river that has been "rewatered" and stocked full of brook and brown trout by the Dept of Fish and Game. Learn more about the Searsburg Pass in this article by Fly Fisherman magazine.
We can provide a map of our favorite fishing locations with directions on how to get there. Spending the whole day out on the water? Let us prepare you a Wilmington inn picnic basket for you!
Want to fish with a local myth-teller about the amazing fish caught around the area- these are the best local guides to help you prove that the fish are not a myth!
The Wilmington Inn partnered with Brian Lynch of Pheasant Tail Tours to be the exclusive fly-fishing guide for the Wilmington Inn. Brian is a local guide who fishing on the Deerfield River & other local spots. Check out Brian’s website for more information visit Pheasant Tail Tours
We recommend four major hiking trails all of which are within 4 miles of the inn and two of them have trail heads from the inn itself:
Here is the link to the local trail map: https://www.visitvermont.com/play/vermont-hiking
- Haystack Mountain - a 5-mile summit hike to Haystack Mountain where you will reach a large boulder with amazing scenic views of the Deerfield Valley
- Molly Stark State Park - a 1 mile steep mountain hike to a 5 story fire-tower with 100 mile views.
- The Valley Trail - This new trail is a flat hike that traverses the old snowmobile trail to Dover and extends more than 10 miles.
- Hoot, Toot & Whistle - Right across from our driveway is the Reardon Bridge (adjacent photo) that offers our guests a 3-mile hike to the Harriman Reservoir where you can go for a swim or enjoy a picnic lunch. Let us know if you would like us to prepare a picnic lunch for you!
Swimming And Fresh Water Fun
The Harriman Reservoir
The lake (pictured at left) is a mile down the road and a 2-mile beautiful hike from our front door. It is over 12 miles long and has no houses on it, offering unusual privacy with almost no boat traffic. There are numerous ways to enjoy the lake, but why not rent a kayak or standing paddleboard? Boat entry is free and very accessible.
People say the Lake can appear packed & you can always find a quiet Spot! With that in mind, there are lots of things to do. There are some great beach areas & swimming holes. We recommend you check out High Country Marine, they rent everything from Wave Runners to Pontoon boats: https://www.highcountrymarine.com/services
A private and completely secluded natural reservoir in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest is only a six mile drive away. The natural shoreline is incredibly beautiful and great for kayaking or swimming.
Lake Raponda is a small lake with a public sandy beach and fully-developed shorefront. It is a more typical lake but is great fun for families with a large raft and easy sand bottom entry for the little ones. There is easy access for boat and kayak entry with vehicle drop-off.
Deerfield Valley has lots of trail options for trail riding for all levels of skill.
Mount Snow also has a fantastic Mountain Bike Park! The chairlift is available to deliver you & your bike to the top of the mountain; rentals are available as well!