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Kayaking with AMC - Vermont to New Hampshire

Trip Overview

August 27, 2017

Paddle 6 miles on the Connecticut River in southern Vermont from below Sumner Falls to Cornish.  The first 4 miles are quickwater and may be shallow and rocky – which means no motorboats!  You will stop at the Path of Life Garden for an extended break and exploration.  The route will pass alongside of Mt. Ascutney (3,150 ft).  The Cornish boat launch is in sight of the longest covered bridge in America.  If you continue south to Wilgus State Park, you paddle under a bridge.  Kayak rentals are available from trip leader Bonna. 

This is a one-day paddle trip.  Overnight accommodations are available at Wilgus State Park in Vermont (make your own reservation) or local hotels (Windsor and White River Junction) for those who arrive Saturday.

Shore Attractions: Path of Life Garden between Sumner and Cornish; Mt. Ascutney 3,150 ft, road to top, or steep hiking; Wilgus SP, camping, river access, Pinnacle Trail with river views (Camping 2 night minimum, they also have group lean-to’s; 13 tentsites available as of 7/20)

Leaders:  Bonna Wieler ( and Deb Weisenstein ( Co-leader:  Dee Dice

  • Departure Months: August
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Services Available:
    • Guided
    • Route Planning
    • Shuttle
    • Gear Rental
  • Accommodations:
    • Camping
  • Group Rates: No

Bring:   Lunch, snacks, water, PFD, raingear, change of clothes in dry bag. Some drybags may be available, check with Bonna at (

Leaders bring:   FA Kit, poncho, extra clothes, socks, towel

Locations on this Trip