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Underhill, in Chittenden County, sits at the base of Mount Mansfield, opposite Stowe which is a scenic seasonal drive via Route 108 and the Mountain Road. Underhill Flats and Underhill Center combine for a population of approximately 3000. This is a small town along the Route 15 corridor, adjacent to Jericho, and a short 20-25 minute commute to Essex or Williston, where you’ll find plenty of shopping and dining options. A 30-minute drive will bring you to Burlington and the Lake Champlain Waterfront. With scenic vistas, ravines, and gorges cloaking the area, there is no shortage of Green Mountain beauty. On the eastern side of town, you’ll find multiple vantage points from which to view the majestic Mount Mansfield. On the western side of town, the view sweeps across Lake Champlain and to the Adirondacks in the distance. There is little wonder why the residents of this special area of Vermont, cover this special region.
The Underhill Central School serves Kindergarten through 4th grades in Underhill Center on Irish Settlement Road. The Underhill I.D. School (Underhill Incorporated School District) serves Kindergarten through Grade 4 on the River Road in Jericho. Located in Underhill Center, offers young children grades prekindergarten through grade 4th a great early education. Student Residents will then attend Browns River Middle School in grades 5-8, then moving onto Mt. Mansfield Union High School, one of the highest rated schools in the State, for grades 9-12.
On the Landscape
The Underhill State Park is located within Vermont's 39,837-acre Mt. Mansfield State Forest, lying at about 2000 ft. elevation on the west slope of the state's highest peak, Mt. Mansfield, at 4,393 ft. Just over the summit, you will find the Stowe Ski Area. Its vegetation is unique – most similar to that you would find in the Arctic Tundra, due to the harsh climate conditions on the slope. The Park includes a log picnic shelter, a small campground, picnic grounds, and a group camping area. The campground has a restroom facility (no showers), and is walk-in only, due to its hillside nature. The park is best known for its hiking, with 4 trails leading up from the State Park to the summit of Mt. Mansfield, including the popular Sunset Ridge Trail (3 miles to the summit), and a portion of the Vermont Long Trail that traverses the ridge.
Mount Mansfield is the highest mountain in the State, at 4,393 ft., the summit of which is located in Underhill. Its ridgeline extends into Stowe and reaches the town of Cambridge on one flank. When viewed from the East or West, the ridgeline appears as an elongated profile of a man, and hence its name. A true form of Alpine Tundra survives here, dating to the Ice Age. Mt. Mansfield offers challenging hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing, but also trails for less advanced – making it one of the most popular recreational spots in the State. It helps to have one of Vermont’s finest ski Mountains, Stowe Mountain Resort, attracting locals and visitors alike. Find an interactive trail map of Stowe Mountain Resort here.
Two other popular ski resorts are close by. Just 25 minutes to the North is Smugglers Notch Ski Resort. It’s a family hot spot all year round, with endless recreational entertainment from zip lines to waterparks, air boarding to snowmobiling, and, of course, great skiing. Ski Magazine readers rated “Smuggs” #1 Overall Resort in the East, and the #1 Family Vacation (15 years running!).
Bolton Valley Ski Resort is about 40 minutes from Underhill to the South. Bolton offers a variety of terrain, focusing on family accessibility. This is the go-to resort for reasonably priced tickets, great views, and a host of wintertime entertainment.
V.A.S.T. is a non-profit private snowmobiling organization active for over 40 years. With over 30,000 members, the group encompasses over 130 clubs statewide and includes over 5000 miles of trails. The organization maintains the trails year-round, grooming through the winter months. Clearly marked, and well-mapped, the trails traverse through amenities stops with gas, hotels, restaurants, and groceries easily accessible trail-side. Weaving in and out of Vermont’s wooded backcountry, local towns, villages, snow covered mountains, and along creeks and lakes, the trails offer Vermont vista views and beautiful winter scenery, connecting Vermont’s VAST winter wonderland.
Of Special Note
When it’s time to wind down, the Old Fashioned Harvest Market is an absolute must in Underhill. The annual September event is an entire weekend of entertainment, food, and fun, beginning with a parade, and including sack races, hay rides, crafts, a great line up of live, local music, and foods to be tempted by. This family-oriented community fair, with the United Church of Underhill at its center, is a perfect example of authentic Vermont.
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