About This Location
Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountains of Vermont, Camel’s Hump stands as a magnificent testament to the state's natural splendor. This beautiful mountain, the third-highest peak in Vermont at an elevation of 4,083 feet, is a crown jewel within Camel's Hump State Park. The Winooski River, gracefully cutting through the Green Mountains for centuries, flows along the mountain's north slope, enhancing its picturesque setting.
Camel’s Hump is renowned for its distinctive profile, earning it a place of honor on Vermont’s state quarter. The peak is surrounded by ten acres of alpine tundra, creating a striking silhouette against the sky. This prominent landmark has been a source of inspiration for centuries, named "Tah-wak-be-dee-ee-wadso" or Saddle Mountain by the Waubanaukee Indians and "lion couchant" or resting lion by Samuel de Champlain's explorers in the 1600s. Over time, it became "Camel's Rump" on Ira Allen's historical map in 1798, evolving into the present "Camel's Hump" in 1830.
The rich history of Camel’s Hump involves a philanthropic gesture by Joseph Battell, a bookseller, who donated 1,200 acres of virgin forest, including the peak, to Vermont in 1905. His vision was to establish a state park that preserved the area in a "primitive state." Managed by the state forester from 1911 onward, the park has grown to over 20,000 acres, evolving with Vermont's commitment to conserving its natural treasures. In 1968, Camel’s Hump was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service for its geological significance, representing the intricate anticlinal deformation that shaped the Green Mountains.
The Camel’s Hump Trail, a popular 6-mile out-and-back trek classified as challenging, is the gateway to the summit. Ascending 2,600 feet in elevation, the trail winds through awe-inspiring landscapes, offering hikers a rewarding journey. On clear days, the summit unveils panoramic views, showcasing the tallest peaks in neighboring states, including Mount Marcy in New York, Mount Washington in New Hampshire, and Mount Mansfield in Vermont. The trail is open to four-legged companions, but they must be leashed to ensure everyone's safety.
Parking areas at trailheads on Camel's Hump Road facilitate easy access to the trail. Additionally, parking along River Road in Duxbury caters to those embarking on the Long Trail. Visitors are urged to drive responsibly through the local communities, respecting the roads where children and families reside. Camel’s Hump beckons adventurers to explore its trails, where the whispers of history blend seamlessly with the rustle of leaves, creating an unforgettable journey into the heart of Vermont’s natural splendor.