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Killington Peak
Killington Pk seen from Pico Pk.jpg
Killington Peak seen from Pico Peak
Highest point
Elevation 4,229 ft (1,289 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 3,315 ft (1,010 m)
Listing New England 4,000 footers
#5 New England Fifty Finest
Location Rutland County, Vermont, U.S.
Parent range Coolidge Range
Topo map USGS Killington Peak

Killington Peak is the second highest summit in the Green Mountains and in the U.S. state of Vermont. It is located east of Rutland in south-central Vermont. Killington Peak is a stop on the Long Trail, which here shares its route with the Appalachian Trail. Traveling southbound on the Trail, it is the last 4,000-foot (1,200 m) peak until Virginia.

A ski resort, Killington Ski Resort, nicknamed "the beast of the east", is located on the mountain. A gondola transports skiers and non-hikers to the summit in winter, summer, and during fall color season. There is a lodge near the peak which is complete with a restaurant and bar with panoramic views.

In 1763, the mountain was known as Pisgah. Killington (a.k.a. Sherburne) lodging situations have changed over the years, from sleeping on barroom floors and barns on the mountain road, traveling up from nearby Rutland or Woodstock, to the present day, in which the vicinity has over 120 inns, lodges, and condominium complexes. Their sleeping capacity brings this Central Vermont region's tourist population to 60,000+ on prime winter weekends.


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