Bolton, Vermont has been called “The Land of the Boulders and Bears” because of it’s rural, rocky terrain. But that mountainous terrain makes for great skiing & snowboarding, and Bolton Valley is a winter favorite for locals and tourists alike. There are great recreational opportunities in the warmer months as well with both the Winooski River and the Long Trail passing through town.
Living in Bolton is a delight for snow lovers, mountain climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Located 20 miles east of Burlington, Bolton is a small, but popular destination for skiing, hiking, and taking in beautiful views no matter the season. The Winooski River and The Long Trail run through Bolton and provide residents and visitors a gateway to Vermont’s finest outdoor activities. Bolton is also home to Bolton Valley Ski Resort, a popular family spot open year-round for non-skiers and skiers alike.
Running the length of Vermont, The Long Trail, America’s oldest long-distance trail, cuts through Bolton and spoils hikers with the ability to climb Camel’s Hump or Mount Mansfield on a daily basis. When the snow starts to fall, hikers trade their boots for cross country skis and snowshoes and take to Catamount Trail, a 300-mile trail open to the public. The Catamount Trail offers the amazing experience to see “the length of Vermont on skis.”
Bolton Valley Ski Resort if perfect for individual or family fun all year long. Ski and snowboard or bike and hike—the mountain is always open. Indoor activities will keep everyone happy too. An indoor heated pool, hot tub, and arcade will help you unwind. Or take to the indoor courts for tennis matches or basketball games. The Indoor Amusement Center will keep the young and young at heart busy with inflatable games like jousting, obstacle courses, and bounce houses.
The Bolton Potholes are a popular place to find Bolton residents (and non-residents!) on summer days. The Potholes consist of five waterfalls, each making a pool where you will find people of all ages splashing and cooling down. It’s easy to have a great day during the gorgeous months of Vermont’s summer, but days spent at the swimming holes of the Bolton Potholes are perfect.
Green Mountain Transit (GMT), runs between Montpelier and Burlington, and stops in nearby towns of Richmond and Waterbury. Bolton residents take advantage of park and rides in both towns to commute to and from work or play. US Route 2 is the town’s main artery; Interstate 89 runs parallel to Route 2 and conveniently 15 minutes from Bolton.
Bolton is part of the Chittenden East Supervisory Union (CESU) as well as the Mount Mansfield Modified Union School District (MMMUSD). Smilie Memorial Elementary School is for students Pre-K to 4 grade. Students in grades 5 to 8 then attend Camels Hump Middle School in nearby Richmond. Bolton students attend high school at Mount Mansfield Union High School in Jericho.