Long Trail

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Built from 1912 to 1930, this 272-mile-long hiking trail is famous for its disappearances. Between 1945 and 1950, four people disappeared, and only one of their bodies was ever found. One of those who disappeared without a trace was Bennington College sophomore Paula Jean Welden, who set out on during the afternoon on December 1, 1946, for a day hike.

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Long Trail
East of Bennington, VT
United States

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42.88460437918292, -73.11528504285275
Bennington County, Vermont
Nearest Towns:
Bennington, VT (4.1 mi.)
Old Bennington, VT (5.0 mi.)
South Shaftsbury, VT (6.4 mi.)
North Bennington, VT (7.2 mi.)
Readsboro, VT (11.5 mi.)
Hoosick Falls, NY (12.0 mi.)
Wilmington, VT (12.4 mi.)
North Adams, MA (12.7 mi.)
Williamstown, MA (12.7 mi.)
Arlington, VT (13.3 mi.)

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  1. Back in 1996 my family took a trip to hershy Park. On the way home we were driving through vt. My parents started to get tired so we decided we would get a hotel in Bennington for the night. Little did we know a battle of Bennington reanactment was going on and all the hotels were booked. So we kept driving trying to find something. We finally came upon a motel that strangely only had one car in the lot. We went to the office and got a room. I was 9 at the time and remember certain things about the room. It was really hot. I remember my mom kept getting up and splashing water on her face. Found out years later it was because she was trying to stay awake because she had a weird feeling. The lights outside the hotel were very yellow. It was a motel that people hiking the trail stayed at. Here’s where it gets creepy. My parents were never charged for the room on their card. They also have been back to the area many times and cannot find the motel. We did some research on the area after the fact and realized a lot of weird thing happen in the area. My mom really believes if she fell asleep that night we would of vanished. My parents could give much more information than I as I was only a small child at the time.

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