Equinox Mountain, Arlington

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Equinox Mountain is a mountain in Bennington County, Vermont, United States, in the town of Manchester. The mountain is the highest peak of the Taconic Range, and the highest point of Bennington County. It is one of thirteen peaks in Vermont with a topographic prominence over, ranked third behind Mansfield and Killington. Equinox is the second highest peak in southern Vermont, after Stratton Mountain.
The Taconic Range ridgeline continues to the north from Equinox Mountain as Mother Myrick Mountain and south as Red Mountain; it is flanked to the west by Bennetts Ridge and Bear Mountain, also of the Taconic Range, and to the east by the western escarpment and plateau of the Green Mountains, across the Batten Kill valley. The southeast side of Equinox Mountain drains into the Batten Kill, thence into the Hudson River, and into New York Harbor. The northwest side of Equinox drains into the Green River, a tributary of the Batten Kill.
Radio station WEQX's tower is located on the mountain, hence the callsign of the station. There was a former hotel, the Sky Line Inn, which was torn down in 2011 to make way for a new visitor's center, the "Saint Bruno Viewing Center". A small, abandoned Cold War-era NORAD radar station can be seen near the summit. The site is now used for two-way communications including the Vermont State Police, and the other radio station to transmit from the mountain, Vermont Public Radio's WVTQ.
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  • It is well worth the fee to take a ride up this private road to the summit. We were there on a beautiful sunny autumn day and were able to view far off peaks located in several states.  more »
  • Interesting drive up the mountain with some good views. At the top the views are wonderful plus interesting history explanations. Would have been lovely to have had a nice cafe there  more »
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  • Gorgeous mountain ride. Super high elevation so the views from the top are amazing. Totally worth the entrance fee to drive the road to the top. Bring a good camera because everywhere you look is like looking at a postcard. A must visit if your in the Manchester area.
  • This place is beautiful. Went up here for a bike ride and it did not disappoint. Bring a really good camera if you can and make the best out of the shots you can capture.
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