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A Trip through Smuggler's Notch
January 2003

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To keep from drawing attention to their activities, smugglers hacked out a rough trail through the wildest parts of the mountains in what is now called Lamoille County. Naturally, it became known as Smuggler's Notch. It was a hard journey through tight twists and turns at a rough incline through the Green Mountains. In places, the trail was so narrow, two wagons were hard pressed in maneuvering to pass one another. Vermont Route 108 winds through Smuggler's Notch between Stowe and Jeffersonville without altering the rough trail (with the exception of the route being paved!) The following pictures take you on that ride north, where many of the corners are only wide enough for one car to pass through at a time. Smuggler's Notch is closed in winter as it is blocked with snow.

The view just before entering the Notch.

Here we go.

Cars have to keep to the far right! The road is very narrow!

Beautiful, isn't it?

Now things start getting interesting!

Notice how narrow the road is?

Up ahead, cars parked on the right side of the road.

Those rocks are on the right side of the road.

Those are the rocks from the last picture!

One of the few places you can pull off. The owners of the cars parked here are usually tourists who have gotten out to take pictures. In Vermont, we LOVE tourists! One of the spectacles they are photographing is on the right.

One of Vermont's many lovely waterfalls.

On the downside of the Notch, a much smaller waterfall 
rushes down from the rocks and follows the road.

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