About Hancock

Located in the heart of the Green Mountains at the headwaters of the White River, Hancock is a gateway to the wilderness. 82% of Hancock’s land belongs to the Green Mountain National Forest and Hancock is home to outdoor adventures galore. With the smallest population in the White River Valley, Hancock is home to a small, close community. Conveniently located along Route 100, about halfway between Killington and the Mad River Valley, Hancock offers many services for travelers and residents.

Pick up the Long Trail at the top of Middlebury Gap. Go skiing at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Paddle the White River or one of Hancock’s two lakes. Hike up one of Hancock’s many peaks: Mt. Vernon, Burnt Mountain, Cobble Hill, Hancock Mountain, Silent Cliff Mountain, Kirby Peak, Worth Mountain, and Monastery Mountain. Take your bike, your fishing rod, or your binoculars and head for one of the many Green Mountain National Forest trails or access points. Visit the general store or local inn, check out the new town green, or pop in for a community dinner.


Claim to Fame

Once home to John Deere


Quick Facts

Population: 323

Size: 38.2 square miles

Established: 1780


Don’t Miss

Bringing a picnic to the Texas Falls Recreation Area, where you can sit and watch the falls, explore the nature trail, or hike along the river.

Picking up the Long Trail for a hike through the Breadloaf Wilderness and great views of the surrounding mountains and Lake Pleiad.


Community Groups

Hancock Town Pride

Hancock Town Pride meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Old Hancock Hotel/Vermont Home Bakery at the junction of Routes 100 & 125 at 7 pm.

Valley Readers

Valley Readers is held the second Thursday of each month (except in July and August) at 6:30 pm at the Library.

Friends of Hancock Free Public Library 

The Friends meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Library.

Hancock Historical Society

The Historical Society meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6 pm at the Hancock Historical Society, located on Route 125.