SKYLINE DRIVE IS IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON

We Reopen May 31, 2022

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Mount Equinox

SKYLINE DRIVE

An unforgettable drive to the summit of
the highest peak in the Taconic Range

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LOCATION

The Skyline Drive Welcome Ceter is located on Vermont Historic Route 7A between Manchester and Arlington, Vermont.

Our GPS address is 6369 Skyline Drive, Sunderland, VT 05250

DATES & HOURS

Memorial Day to October 31st
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily
(weather permitting)

Please note:
Last vehicle admitted at 4:00 PM

PRICES

Car & Driver – $20
Additional Passenger – $5 each
Motorcycles – $20

Children Under 10 – Free

CONTACT US FOR GROUP RATES

COVID-19 POLICY

Mount Equinox is adhering to the guidelines put forth by the State of Vermont and the CDC.  We encourage all visitors to practice social distancing and mask wearing.   For more information regarding COVID-19 guidelines, please visit the Vermont Department of Health website by clicking here.

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CLICK BELOW TO READ REVIEWS FROM RECENT VISITORS

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“If you go to Vermont,
you have to go here to see
how beautiful nature can be.”

-O.M.

A DRIVE TO THE SKY

From historic Route 7A between Manchester and Arlington, Vermont, Skyline Drive — the longest privately owned, paved toll road in the United States — ascends 3,248 feet over 5.2 miles to the top of Mount Equinox. In continuous operation since its completion in 1947, it is one of the safest, best engineered, well constructed toll roads in the country.

There are several vistas and picnic areas along the Drive, which winds upward through four distinct forest types.

Visible in the valley on your left as you crest the mountain is the Charterhouse of the Transfiguration, the only Carthusian monastery in North America.

Mount Equinox Toll Road
Mount Equinox Toll Road
Mount Equinox Welcome Center

Skyline Drive
Welcome Center

Before you begin your journey up Skyline Drive you will need to stop at the Skyline Drive Welcome Center located on Route 7A to receive your token.

OUR GPS ADDRRESS

6369 Skyline Drive
Sunderland, VT 05250.

“Amazing views. Bring a light coat if it’s 90 or lower on the ground. Up there is like 20 degrees difference.
Also very windy.
Definitely worth the $20.”

-K.E.

THE SUMMIT

The 3,648-foot summit of Mount Equinox is enveloped in a nearly-perpetual breeze that has been described as “nature’s white noise”. The Green Mountains, The Valley of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire may be seen to the east.

The Adirondack Mountains of New York provide the backdrop to the west, and the Taconic and Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts to the south.

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Mount Equinox summit view

“A beautiful and peaceful
place to rest, relax, and enjoy
the gorgeous scenery.”

-D.H.

SAINT BRUNO SCENIC
VIEWING CENTER

At the summit of Mount Equinox is the Saint Bruno Scenic Viewing Center, a gift from the Order of Carthusians to the people of Vermont and all visitors.

Designed and constructed by Vermont workers and completed in 2012, the Center is heated without the combustion of fossil fuels and produces no CO₂ emissions. Power to the building is generated by the hydroelectric plant that powers all mountain operations. The reservoirs that feed the plant can be seen in the valley on your left as you ascend the toll road.

The Center has restrooms with changing tables.

Mount Equinox Toll Road
Mount Equinox Toll Road

Silence.

Maybe it’s the rarified air at 3,848 above sea level, or the sweeping panoramic views at all points of the compass.  “Awesome” is one mightily overworked word in modern lexicon, but here it fits.

Andrew McKeever
Stratton Magazine

FAQ

May I purchase tickets online?

No, not at this time.

Before you begin your journey up Skyline Drive you will need to stop at the Skyline Drive Welcome Center located on Route 7A to receive your token. 

For group rates, please contact us at 802-362-1114

Are group rates available?

Yes. For group rates, please contact us at 802-362-1114

Are dogs allowed?

Yes, dogs on a leash are welcome.

May I hike, walk, run, bike, or skateboard up or down Skyline Drive?

No.  Only motor vehicles are permitted on Skyline Drive.

Is there food or drink available for sale at the summit?

No.  However, you can purchase water and snacks at the base of Skyline Drive at the Skyline Drive Welcome Center.   You are also free to bring your own food, picnic baskets, coolers etc.

May I have a picnic at the summit?

 Yes.  You are free to bring your own food, picnic baskets, coolers etc. to the summit.

Are buses, RVs, or vans over 8 persons allowed on Skyline Drive?

No. Buses, RVs, or vans over 8 persons are strictly prohibited on Skyline Drive.

Are trucks with campers installed in the bed allowed on Skyline Drive?

No. Trucks with campers installed in the bed of truck are prohibited.

Is hunting or fishing allowed?

No. Hunting and fishing is not permitted.

Are camping or campfires allowed?

No. Camping or campfires are strictly prohibited.

Are weddings or ceremonies allowed at the summit?

No. Weddings or ceremonies are not permitted at the summit.

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DRIVE CAREFULLY

When descending Skyline Drive, be sure your vehicle is in its lowest gear so its engine will act as a brake.

Don’t “ride” your brakes.

Use them intermittently but firmly as needed.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

North Shire Lodge &
Mountain view pub

97 Main Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255

northshirelodge.com

MOUNTAIN VIEW RANCH
(horseback riding)

503 Easy Street
Danby, VT 05739

mountainviewranch.biz/

Southern Vermont
Arts Center

930 Southern Vermont Arts Center Drive
Manchester, VT 05254

svac.org

Hildene:
The Lincoln Family Home

1005 Hildene Road
Manchester Center, VT 05254

hildene.org

CHRIST OUR SAVIOR
CATHOLIC CHURCH

398 Bonnet Street
Manchester Center, VT 05255

christoursaviorvt.com

Support Mount Equinox Skyline Drive

Please donate here to support the Skyline Drive operations.

Thank you!

Experience Mount Equinox

Memorial Day to October 31st