Portal to the
Island Pond, Vermont.
The Northeast Kingdom
of Vermont got it's name from a frequent visitor to the region.
U.S. Senator and former Governor of Vermont George Aiken, he
gave birth to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in
1949. Senator Aiken gave the area the name because of the beauty
of the region’s working landscape. "You know, this is such
beautiful country up here, it should be called the Northeast
Comprising of Essex, Orleans and Caledonia Counties, and
bisected by Interstate 91 and U.S. 5. and to the
east it is
bordered by the Connecticut River.
The highest point is Jay Peak at 3,681 feet.
The NEK encompasses 56 towns and gores, with a land area of
2,027 square miles. The area is a year-round travel and tourism
recreation destination, known for its snowmobiling, skiing, fall
foliage viewing, and the production of maple syrup.
The Northeast Kingdom has been listed in the North American and
International editions of "1,000 Places to See Before You Die".
In 2006, the National Geographic Society named the Northeast
Kingdom as the most desirable place to visit in the country and
the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world.
The average growing season is about 123-130 frost-free days.
On December 30, 1933 the lowest recorded temperature in the New
England states was registered as -50.8 ºF (-46 °C), at
Bloomfield in Essex County.
In 2008, 74% of the roads were rated in poor or very poor
condition. There were 480 bridges with spans of 20 feet or more.
There were a number of bridges deemed structurally deficient.
Sixty-three percent of those were municipally owned.
in the heart of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, in the town of
Brighton, you will find the village of Island Pond. It is
renowned for it's distinctive four seasons.
Springtime brings forth a display of exciting colors and new
life. One can go to an area bog or just a short drive around the
Northeast Kingdom and see a newborn moose, fawn, bear cub and
Summer allows natures ability to be expressed in a pristine
setting. With many great campgrounds, plenty of forestland to
explore, you will have the best time of you life, while visiting
the Northeast Kingdom. You may also want to try our miles of ATV
trails during the summer months. Our area lakes, ponds,
streams, brooks and bogs not only offer great fishing in the
spring, summer, and fall, but also the winter season brings out
those who love ice fishing.
Fall glows with a unique cover of brilliant colors. Hunting
season begins and the area is known for some of the largest deer
and moose in VT. Bow Season, Moose Season, Deer Season or
whatever season it is, you will find it in the Northeast
Winter covers the mountains, villages and towns with a blanket
The snowmobiler's than start to arrive in
droves, as our area is well known for its great snowmobile trail
system. many call it the "Snowmobile Capital of New England.
With hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails to ride, you
will not be disappointed on your snowmobiling adventure here. If
down hill skiing or snowboarding is your sport, we have Jay Peak and Burke
Mountain for your enjoyment.
VT, is the "Gateway to the Northeast
Kingdom and the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife
Refuge Nulhegan Basin." The surrounding area offers breathtaking
views and a diversity of activities year round, including
ATV Trail Riding, Mountain Biking, Cycling, Camping, Fishing,
Skiing, Bird Watching,
Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Wildlife Viewing, and much more. If it is
swimming, boating, sailing, or canoeing, Island Pond, and the
Northeast Kingdom, is the place to be. With an abundance of
fresh water lakes, streams and rivers, one will not run out of
things to see or do. While the Northeast Kingdom is 1.3 million
acres in size, its human population is extremely low. Moose,
deer, bear and other wildlife are prevalent in our area and one
should be watchful for them.
Places here in the Kingdom, have not changed in over a century.
Island Pond was the first International Railroad Junction, in
the United States. Its train station still stands today. The
village was once alive with
railroad workers, and many others. It once had 13 sets of
railroad tracks running through town. A large Round House,
lumber mills and farms once occupied the area. The area still
has country stores, and farms that have been in the same family
for generations, lodging supplied by excellent inns, bed and
breakfasts, motels, hotels, cabins and campgrounds.
Our Northeast Kingdom rentals ranging from
cabins, cottages, and huts to lake front homes for you and your families enjoyment.
In addition, here in the Vermont's Northeast Kingdom our area restaurants
and dinners, offer some of the best home style cooking in the United States.
In Vermont's Northeast Kingdom you will find:
2,027 square miles ;
1,313,710 acres of land;
93,315 acres of public state forest
lands and parks;
27,632 acres of public federal forest lands and parks;
5,855 acres of public town park lands;
37,575 acres of public lakes and ponds;
3,840 miles of public rivers and streams;
50 public boat launches on the lakes;
In addition, thousands of miles of snowmobile trails;
Miles of Mountain Biking Trails:
Miles of ATV Trails:
Miles of Hiking Trails:
Many other outdoor activities await you in the Vermont's Northeast
Kingdom, including fishing, hunting,
cycling, wildlife viewing, ATV trail riding and much more for the
and explore the
Northeast Kingdom and Island Pond, VT.
New England's, Final Frontier