Visitors and residents can enjoy a myriad of recreation opportunities in this state's natural areas. The Green Mountains provide Easterners from many states with a plethora of skiable terrain. The Catamount Ski Trail contains 280 miles of cross-country trails. The mountains also harbor the Long and Appalachian Trails, two well-maintained long distance trails.
The numerous lakes and rivers of the state provide water-oriented recreation opportunities throughout the year. Ice fishing on Lake Champlain is a long standing tradition for many Vermonters. Fly fishing, swimming and sailing are very popular pursuits during the warmer months.