If a picture’s worth a thousand words, Brattleboro must be a library. Rugged mountains, eye-catching architecture, and serene streams make southern Vermont a photographer’s delight. Grab your DSLR and stop by these five spots ripe with Vermont scenery, perfect for expert and amateur photographers alike.
1. Mount Wantastiquet Trail (Just Across the River)
It’s our favorite downtown mountain and the closest source of southern Vermont natural beauty. The top of the ledge summit oversees downtown Brattleboro, the Connecticut River, and the faraway Green Mountains. Bring your wide-angle lens — the landscapes you capture are sure to knock the socks off your friends and fellow photographers.
The trail to the ledge summit usually takes around two hours, but, with several paths to choose from, you can document a new route each day.
2. Living Memorial Park (West Brattleboro)
A popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, Living Memorial Park has it all. Throw on your telephoto lens to capture some fine details on the park’s charming picnic benches, gazebos, and ski lifts. Crank your shutter speed, because the perfect action shot can ski by in a snap at the 20-meter ski jump in the winter. Also, several hiking trails make perfect places to capture fall foliage at its finest.
Living Memorial Park is right next door to the Creamery Covered Bridge that crosses over the Whetstone Brook, a picture-perfect example of Vermont country charm.
3. West River Trail (Brattleboro)
If you’re looking to add some water shots to your photography reel, take a riverside stroll down The West River Trail. In the spring, melting snow creates little waterfalls and creeks that run down the adjacent mountainsides — it’s the perfect opportunity to crank your shutter speed and catch some stellar running water shots. The West River Trail begins behind The Marina’s parking lot, just a quick drive up Route 30 from downtown Brattleboro.
4. Fort Dummer State Park (Guilford, VT)
If you’re looking for variety in your nature photography expedition, the Sunrise and Sunset Trails at Fort Dummer State Park are for you. This park offers some of the most beautiful vistas in southern Vermont, ones that only an ultra-wide lens can fully capture. The trail, covered in sturdy oaks and birch trees, overlooks the site of Fort Dummer and crosses serene views of the Broad Brook.
5. Bellows Falls Canal (Bellows Falls, VT)
About a half-hour north of Brattleboro, Bellows Falls is a photographer’s dream — it has captivating mountain and river views, train tracks, and historic architecture that includes an old-fashioned Opera House and an impressive clock tower. Position yourself from either side of the Arch Bridge for a variety of angles on the train station and river bank. While you’re there, also try your hand at nature photography with a quick expedition through the Bellows Falls Village Forest.
The proof is in the printing. Southern Vermont’s natural beauty and one-of-a-kind architecture are enough to set any photographer’s heart a-flutter. If you’re looking for a place to stay as eye-catching as Vermont’s beautiful scenery, come stay at The Latchis — our art deco facade is every bit as photogenic as the rolling Green Mountains.