Take a step outside, and breathe deeply. Let the fresh fall Vermont air fill your lungs, as golden leaves fall from the trees may it bring a new willingness to explore your own backyard. Hard’Ack recreation area becomes a local destination for getting in your daily physical activity. It is a host to some of the best outdoor activities in the area, including this past weekend’s America East Cross Country Championships hosted by The St. Albans Recreation Department and University of Vermont. If you have not explored this historic landmark now is the perfect time.

Hard’ack is most famously known for its 700’ tow rope during the winter months for downhill skiing and snowboarding. However this gem can be used during all 4 seasons of the year for activities such as skating, sledding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking and so much more!

If you choose hiking Hard’Ack this fall, Brian Clukey RiseVT health coach and frequent Hard’Ack flyer recommends the following supplies for hiking Hard’Ack in the fall:

  • Water – always bring more than you think you will need
  • Food – a light snack to keep your body fueled
  • Shoes – stiff sole shoe in order to provide support and ankle stability
  • Jacket – Light – Medium, something breathable
  • Vest – depending on the weather this can be great to keep your core warm
  • Rain Gear – just in case the weather changes

When hiking in the fall the trails can be heavily covered in leaves. It’s always a good idea to tread carefully, as those leaves may be covering rocks, roots and holes and other unbeknownst to the hiker.

Hard’Ack Trivia:

  • Address – 179 Congress St. Saint Albans
  • Ages – all ages welcome
  • Cost – free
  • Parking – yes
  • Dog Park – yes

RiseVT would love to hear about your experience at this local mountain, and what you enjoyed the most. This is just one great activity you and your family can do over the next few weeks here in Franklin County. The website below will also give you a calendar of events that will be going on throughout each season at Hard’Ack.