Rochester is a small town in northwestern Windsor County. It is set on the edge of the Green Mountain National Forest making it a picturesque tourist destination ideal for both locals and second-home residents. The forest comprises nearly 400,000 acres across southwestern and central Vermont. Enjoy the endless recreation opportunities year-round including hiking, skiing, mountain biking, camping, fishing, or hunting. The forest also contains more than 2,000 archaeological and historic sites spanning the history of Vermont. Mt. Horrid (3,205 ft.) is to the West near the border of Goshen and offers breathtaking views of the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. Rochester residents have access to all the natural beauty Vermont offers.
Rochester is close to Killington and Sugarbush ski resorts. Killington has 1,509 acres of skiable terrain from November to April. 155 trails are served by 22 modern lifts, which include two high-speed gondolas. During the summer months, Killington offers a variety of hiking and mountain biking trails and a scenic gondola right to the summit. Sugarbush has 484 trail acres skiable and 53 miles of trails with 16 ski lifts. Sugarbush has a summit elevation of 4,083 ft and a vertical drop of 2,600 ft. Both resorts are major attractions for Vermonters and out-of-staters, where the surrounding areas offer a lot of activities, shopping, and restaurants for entertainment for tourists.