Mount Mansfield is a mountain peak at an elevation of 1.216m (3,989ft) above the sea level, located in Lamoille County, northern Vermont, in USA. The road to the summit offers spectacular views along the way between twists and turns.
The road to the summit is gravel. It’s called Mt. Mansfield Auto Toll Road. It’s barely wide enough for 2 vehicles. The road ends at a parking area next to the Mt. Mansfield's Visitor Center. The winding road has some sharp, steep curves and is not recommended for novice drivers or for vehicles longer than a pickup truck. It is steep and curvy and it is recommended to drive down the hill in low gear to save your brakes. The vehicle should be in good condition; brakes, radiator and transmission should be checked.
Located within the Mount Mansfield State Forest, the road to the summit is pretty steep. Starting from VT-108 road, the ascent is 7.56km (4.7 miles) long with 7 hairpin turns. Over this distance the elevation gain is 820 meters. The average gradient is 10.84%. The road was originally completed in 1870 for horse-drawn carriages.
The drive offers stunning views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. There are gullies along the road at certain points. Descending vehicles have the right of way, so be prepared to move over as much as possible for oncoming visitors. The road is narrow, but it is not a scary drive. Trailers, RVs, campers, vans converted to RVs, mopeds, scooters, motorcycles and bicycles are not allowed. The drive is open from June to October.